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Complicated Herb comparison set
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Ma huang tang
Chills (predominantly) and fever, no sweating, common cold, runny nose, HA, aversion to cold, body ache, cough, wheezing, asthma. T: unremarkable P: tight
Gui zhi tang
Fever, chills, unrelieved by sweating, HA, aversion to wind, stiff neck, nasal congestion, +/- dry heaves, not thirsty. P: floating, moderate or frail
Ge gen tang
Fever and chills without sweating, stiff, rigid neck and upper back. T: thin white coat. P: floating and tight
Xiao qing long tang
Fever, chills (more predominant), no sweating, body ache, heaviness sensation. Productive cough, wheezing, asthma, profuse white sputum (difficult to expectorate), stifling chest, not particularly thirsty. P: tight floating,
Ren shen bai du san
High fever, severe chills/shivering, head & neck stiffness and pain, extremeties as well, Distetion in chest, nasal congestion, productive cough. T: normal with white greasy coat, P: Floating and soggy
Da chai hu tang
Alternating fever and chills, fullness in the chest and hypochondria (w/ or w/out pain), bitter taste in mouth, N/continuous vomiting, hard focal distention or fullness, and pain in the epigastrium, burning diarrhea or no BM, melancholy, sl irritability, T: yellow ocat, P: wiry, forceful
Ge gen huang lian huang qin tang
Fever, sweating, thirst, dysenteric diarrhea characterized by foul smelling stool and burning sensation around the anus, a sensation of irritability & heat in the chest & epigastrium, possible wheeze. T: red with yellow coat, P: rapid
Qing ying tang
High fever that worsens at night, severe irritability & restlessness, may be thirsty, delirious, faint or have indistinct erythema & purpura. T: scarlet and dry. P: rapid, thin.
Huang liang jie du tang
High fever, irritability, dry mouth & throat, incoherent speech (possible), insomnia, dark urine. T: red with yellow coat. P: rapid, forceful. Can also be used for: epistaxis or vomiting of blood due to heat excess, carbuncles, deep rooted boils and other toxic swellings, dysenteric disorders or jaundice due to damp heat.
Ma xing shi gan tang
Fever with or without sweat, thirst, wheezing, coughing, labored breathing and nasal flaring and pain. T: white/yellow coat. P: rapid & slippery
Shao yao tang
Abd pain, tenesmus, difficulty with defecation, diarrhea with pus and blood (equal amounts), burning sensation around the anus, dark, scanty urine. T: greasy, sl yellow. P: rapid
Bai tou weng tang
Abd pain, tenesmus, burning sensation around the anus, diarrhea (containing more blood than pus), thirst. T: red w/ yellow coating. P: wiry, rapid
Da cheng qi tang
Severe constipation & flatulence, focal distention & abd fullness, abd pain which increases upon pressure & a tense firm abd. Severe cases may have tidal fevers, thirst, scanty urine, sweating in the palms and soles. T: dry yellow or dry black coat with prickles. P: submerged & excessive
Xiao cheng qi tang
Relativesly mild yang ming bowel disorder with tidal fever, constipation, focal distention, abd fullness abd pain that does not increase upon pressure. T: old looking, dirty & dry yellow coat. P: slippery & rapid
Tiao wei cheng qi tang
For mild constipation due to yang ming bowel disorder with the absence of abd distension and fullness but with irritability. Also for nosebleed, swollen gums & throat, and petechiae due to heat in the st & intestines
Da huang fu zi tang
Abd pain, constipation, hypochondriac pain, chills, low grade fever & cold hands & feet. T: white greasy coat. P: deep, tight & wiry
Xiao chai hu tang
Alternating fever and chills, dry throat, bitter taste, irritability, fullness in chest and hypochondria, N/V, no desire to eat. T: thin, white coat. P: wiry
Chai hu jia long gu mu li tang
Fullness in chest, irritability, palpitations, urinary difficulty, constipation, delirious speech, sensation of heaviness. T: red with slippery coat. P: rapid, wiry
Si ni san
Cold fingers and toes with warm head and body, sensation of irritability and fullness in chest and epigastrium, cough, urinary difficulty, abd pain and severe diarrhea. T: red with yellow coat. P: wiry
Xiao yao san
Hypochondriac pain, HA, vertigo, bitter taste in mouth, dry mouth and throat, fatigue, reduced appetite. T: pale/red P: wiry, deficient
Qing hao bie jia tang
Night fever & morning coolness w/no sweating as fever recedes, emaciation w/ weight loss w/no loss of appetite. T: red w/ little coating. P: rapid, fine
Qing gu san
Afternoon tidal fever or unremitting, chronic low grade fever, sensation of heat in the bones but with flesh that is not warm to the touch, irritability, insomnia, emaciation, lethargy, red lips, dark red cheeks, night sweats, thirst, dry throat. T: red with little coating. P: thin, rapid
Dang gui liu huang tang
fever, night sweats, red face, dry mouth, parched lips, irritability, dry stool, dark and scanty urine. T: red, dry. P: rapid
Dang gui si ni tang
Long standing cold hands & feet that are both cold to the touch and feel very cold to the patient. T: pale with white coat. P: submerged or thin and almost imperceptible. common manifestations to treat, HA (including migraines), pain in the joints, irregular menstruation, abd pain and cold, pain in the lower back and legs, chest pain
Li zhong wan
Diarrhea w/ watery stool, nausea & vomiting, no particular thirst, loss of appetite, abd pain. T: pale with white coating. P: submerged, thin
Wu zhu yu tang
Used for 3 different presentations: 1) vomiting immediately after indeterminate gnawing hunger, acid regurgitation w/ or w/out epigastric pain. (cold) 2) dry heaves or spitting of clear fluids w/ headache at the vertex. 3) Vomiting & diarrhea with cold hands & feet, agitation so severe that the patient wants to die. (xiao yin) T: pale, white slippery coating. P: thin and slow or thin and wiry.
Xiao jian zhong tang
Intermittent, spasmodic abd pain that responds favorably to local application of warmth & pressure, lusterless complexion reduced appetite. T: pale with a white coating. P: thin, wiry, moderate. May have a low-grade fever, palpitations, irritability, cold & sore extremities w/ nonspecific discomfort, dry mouth & throat.may have a low grade fever, palpitations, irritability, cold and sore extremities and a dry mouth and throat.
Da jian zhong tang
Excruciating epigastric & abd pain to the point the patient cannot tolerate being touched, strong sensation of cold in epigastrium, vomiting with inability to eat. T: white, slippery tongue. P: thing and tight or slow and wiry (severe cases, hidden). May have borborygmus
Si ni tang
extremely cold extremities, lethargy with a constant desire to sleep, vomiting, diarrhea with undigested food, abd pain and cold, lack of thirst, T: pale with white slippery coat. P: thing or submerged, faintcan treat raised heart beat or high blood pressure with dry throat, T: yellow and a yang deficient presentaiton
Si jun zi tang
Pallid complexion, low & soft voice, reduced appetite, loose stools & weakness in the limbs. Distention in ab after eating. T: pale. P: deficient and/or frail
Shen ling bai zhu san
Loose stool or diarrhea, reduced appetite, weakness of the extremities, weight loss, distention & stifling sensation in the chest & epigastrium, pallid and wan complexion. T: pale w/ white coating. P: thin, moderate or deficient, moderate. May also have vomiting.
Bu zhong yi qi tang
Dizziness, unsteadiness, impaired or unclear vision, deafness, tinnitus, SOB, laconic speech, weak voice, shiny pale complexion, dizziness, reduced intake of food, loose stools. Qi deficient fever (intermittent low grade fever, worsens w/ exertion). Prolapse of organs. T: pale. P: frail.
Yu ping feng san
Aversion to drafts, spontaneous sweating, recurrent colds, shiny pale complexion. T: pale, white coating. P: floating, deficient, soft.
Bu fei tang
SOB, spontaneous sweating, occasional chills and feverishness, cough, wheezing, catches colds easily T: pale. P: and a frail or deficient and large pulse.
Si wu tang
Dizziness, blurred vision, lusterless complexion & nails, generalized muscle tension, insomnia, palpitations, thin body lacking strength, irregular menstruation w/ little flow or amenorrhea, periumbilical & lower abd pain. T: pale. P: thin and wiry or thin and choppy.
Tao hong si wu tang
concurrent blood xu and blood stasis leading to shortened menstrual cycle with copious bleeding of dark purple, sticky blood with/or without clots or when abd distention happens with menstruation
Dang gui bu xue tang
Hot sensation in the mucles, red face, irritability, thirst with a desire to drink warm beverages. T: pale. P: flooding, large and deficient. Forceless when pressed hard. Also for fever and HA due to loss of blood. (not a true heat)
Ba zhen tang
Pallid or sallow complexion, palpitations w/ anxiety that may be continuous, reduced appetite, SOB, laconic speech, extremities are easily fatigued, light headedness and/or vertigo. T: pale with white coating. P: either thin and frail or large, deficient and without strength.
Shi quan da bu tang
Wan complexion, fatigue, reduced appetite, dizziness, listlessness, dyspnea, palpitations, spontaneous sweating, night sweats, cold extremities, spermatorrhea. T: pale. P: thin and frail. Also to treat: sores that do not heal, irregular periods, continuous spotting from uterine bleeding
Gui pi tang
Forgetfulness, palpitations (with or without anxiety), insomnia, dream disturbed sleep, fatigue, somnolence, sweating, anxiety & phobia, feverishness, withdrawal, reduced appetite, pallid and wan complexion. T: pale w/ thin white coat. P: thin and frail. Also: early periods, prolonged pale blood periods, continuous periods with little flow.
Liu wei di huang wan
Soreness and weakness of the lower back, lightheadedness, dizziness, or vertigo, tinnitus or hearing loss, nocturnal emissions, night sweats, chronic sore and/or dry throat, hot palms & soles, painful or difficult scanty urination, wasting & thirsting and tidal fever. T: red tongue with little coat. P: thin and rapid pulse
Zuo gui wan
Lightheadedness, vertigo, tinnitus, soreness & weakness in the lower back & legs, spontaneous & nocturnal emissions, spontaneous night sweats, dry mouth & throat, thrist.
Zuo gui yin
Lower back soreness, spontaneous emissions, night sweats, dry mouth and throat, thirst with a desire to drink. T: peeled, shiny. P: thin, rapid. Treats liv & ki yin xu with less fire from deficiency. Thought to be caused by too much sex., helps to build sinews and bones as well.
Da bu yin wan
Steaming bone syndrome with afternoon tidal fever, spontaneous sweating and night sweating, 5 center heat, tinnitus, spermatorrhea, strong heat signs. T: red w/ little coat. P: rapid and forceful, especially in the rear position.
Er zhi wan
Alopecia, dizziness, pain in the lower back, spermatorrhea, thin hair, different types of bleeding (chronic), insomnia, restless sleep. Premature graying of hair, T: red, dry. P: weak
Jin gui shen qi wan
Low back pain, weakness of lower extremities, cold sensation in the lower half of the body, tenseness in the lower abd. T: pale w/ thin white & moist coat. P: empty or frail, submerged and faint in the proximal position. Pt may be irritated to lay down and will breathe most comfortably while leaning against something. Usually urinary difficulty w/ edema, excessive urination, sometimes to the point of incontinence.
You gui wan
Exhaustion from long-term illness, aversion to cold, coolness of the extremities, impotence, sermatorrhea, aching and weakness of the lower back and knees. May also have: infertility, loose stools (undigested), incontinence, edema of lower extremities
You gui yin
Warms the ki and replenishes the essence. Feebleness and exhaustion, ab pain, sore lower back, cold extremities, P: thin. Also for true cold and false heat. Weaker than full formula
Er xian tang
Sx of menopause inc. hypertension, menstrual irregularity, hot flashes, sweating (night), nervousness, fatigue, lassitude, depression, irritability, insomnia, palpitations, and urinary frequency
Mu li san
Spontaneous sweating that worsens at night, palpitations, easily startled, SOB, irritability, general debility, lethargy. T: pale-red. P: thin, frail.
Gu jing wan
Continuous menstruation or uterine bleeding that alternates between trickling and gushing of blood. Very red blood with possible dark purple clots. Het sensation and irritability in the chest, abd pain, dark urine. T: red. P: rapid, wiry.
Tian wang bu xin dan
Irritability, palpitations with anxiety, fatigue, insomnia w/ very restless sleep, inability to think or concentrate for even short periods of time, nocturnal emissions, forgetfulness, dry stools, sores on the mouth and tongue. T: red with little coating. P: thin, rapid.
Suan zao ren tang
Irritability, inability to sleep, palpitations, night sweats, dizziness and vertigo, blurred vision. T: dry with dry mouth. P: wiry or thin, rapid.
Huang lian e jiao tang
Irritability with a sensation of heat in the chest, vexation, restlessness, insomnia, palpitations with anxiety. T: red w/ dry yellow coat. P: thin, rapid. May have sores on the tongue or the mouth
An gong niu huang wan
High fever, irritability & restlessness, delirious speech, impaired consciousness, also for coma due to wind stroke, childhood convulsions with similar S/S, stiffness of tongue, frigid extremities, dry mouth. T: red or deep red body (crimson). P: rapid
Su he xiang wan
Sudden collapse, LOC & clenched jaw, fullness, pain and sensation of cold in the chest and abd which may be impending loss of coma or consciousness, abd pain & focal distention in the chest, urge to vomit and defecate without doing either, severe cases can lead to sudden loss of consciousness or coma. T: pale body with slippery, greasy coat P: deep & wiry.
Yue ju wan
Focal distension, fullness in the abd and chest, hypochondriac distension and pain, belching, vomiting, indigestion, acid regurgitation, nausea, reduced appetite, distending breast or abd pain, dysmenorrheal, possible cough w/ copious sputum. T: purple, red or dusky w/ greasy white or yellow coat. P: slippery & wiry pulse, possibly rapid.
Guo lou xi bai bai jiu tang
Chest oppression with difficulty lying down or breathing, phlegm in lungs, chest breasts, copious sputum,
Su zi jiang qi tang
Coughing & wheezing with watery copious sputum, stifling sensation in the chest & diaphragm, SOB, labored inhalation smooth exhalation. T: white coating, slippery or greasy. P: soggy, or weak in the chi positions. Additional: weakness in lower back & legs, edema of the extremities and fatigue
Ding chuan tang
Coughing & wheezing with copious, thick & yellow sputum, labored breathing. T: greasy, yellow coat. P: slippery, rapid. May have simultaneous fever & chills.
Tao he cheng qi tang
Acute lower abd pain (fixed) worse with pressure, smooth urination, night fevers, delirious speech, irritability, restlessness and thirst. P: submerged, choppy pulse.Used in severe cases of manic behavior
Xue fu zhu yu tang
Pain in the chest and hypochondria, chronic stubborn headache with a fixed piercing quality, chronic, incessant hiccup, choking sensation when drinking, dry heaves, depression, or low spirits accompanied by a sensation of warmth in the chest, palpitations, insomnia, restless sleep, irritability, extreme mood swings, evening tidal fever. T: dark red tongue, dark spots on the sides. Purplish lips, complexion or sclera. P: choppy or wiry, tight.
Shao fu zhu yu tang
Invigorates blood, dispels blood stasis, warms the menses and alleviates pain., palpable masses (endometreosis, fibrocystic ovaries, low abd pain), other clear signs of stasis. T: purple, bluish P: choppy, wiry, slow. Low back pain, low abd distention associated with menses. Frequent menses, dark blood with clots, abnormal uterine bleeding
Shen tong zhu yu tang
Invigorates blood, promotes movement of qi, dispels blood stasis, unblocks the collaterals, unblocks painful obstruction and alleviates pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, low back, leg pain. T: purple, swollen w/ thin white coat. P: choppy.
Bu yang huan wu tang
Sequalae of wind-stroke including hemiplegia, paralysis, and atrophy of the lower limbs, facial paralysis, slurred speech, drooling, dry stools, urinary frequency or incontinence. T: white coating. P: moderate.
Wen jing tang
Persistent uterine bleeding, irregular menstruation, extended or continuous menstrual flow, bleeding between periods, lower abd pain, distention, infertility, dry lips and mouth, low grade fever at dusk, warm palms and soles. T: dusky (pale purple) with thin coat. P: deep, slow, thin, choppy, wiry, tight. This is one of the most important formulas for female infertility. Currently wen jing tang is also used for impotence or seminal insufficiency.
Dang gui shao yao san
Continuous, mild, abd pain with urinary difficulty, slight edema primarily of the legs. T: pale. P: thin. Widely applicable including leg weakness during pregnancy, dysmenorrheal and irregular menstruation.
Jiao ai tang
Abd pain with pale, thin uterine bleeding, long unremitting bleeding, lots of spotting menses in between cycles, post partum bleeding, bleeding during pregnancy (threatened miscarriage). T: pale. P: thin, frail, forceless. Especially useful for restless fetus disorder. Pt may be weak, sore low back.
Xiao huo luo dan
Chronic pain, weakness and numbness after wind-stroke, especially in the lower extremities. T: white moist coat. P: wiry, slippery. For acute w/c/d bi syndrome w/ fixed or migrating pain in the bones or joints and reduced range of motion
Tian ma gou teng yin
HA, dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, blurred vision, sensation of heat rushing to the head, insomnia, dream disturbed sleep. , severe cases: numbness, twitching, spasms, hemiplegia. T: red with yellow coat. P: wiry, rapid.
Qing zao jiu fei tang
Fever, HA, hacking cough, wheezing, dry throat, sensation of fullness in the chest, hypochondriac pain, irritability. T: dry. P: deficient, big, rapid
Ping wei san
Distention & fullness in the epigastrium & abd, loss of taste and appetite, heavy sensation in the limbs, loose stool or diarrhea, easily fatigued, increased desire to sleep, N/V, belching, acid regurgitation. T: swollen with thick, white, greasy coat. P: moderate, slippery.
San ren tang
Early stage damp warmth disease or summerheat warmth disease lodged in the protective and qi levels (damp predominant)
Da zheng san
Dark, turbid, scanty, difficult and painful urination, dry mouth and throat, possible urinary retention, lower abd distention and pain. T: yellow greasy coat. P: slippery, rapid
Er miao san
For a variety of disorders, including lower back and leg pain, weakness or atrophy of lower extremities, vaginal discharge, damp sores on the lower extremities, heavy sensation in body, fever, no thrist. T: greasy yellow coat. P: slippery or soggy.
Wu ling san
1. HA, fever, irritability, storng thirst but with vomiting immediately after drinking, urinary difficulty. P: floating T: white coat. 2. edema, generalized sensation of heaviness, diarrhea due to sudden turmoil disorder. 3. throabbing pulsations just below the umbilicus, vomiting frothy saliva, vertigo, SOB, coughing
Ling gui zhu gan tang
Thin mucous, fullness in the chest/hypochondrium, SOB, palpitations, cough with clear watery sputum, dizziness/vertigo, palpitations, "epigastric". P: wiry, slippery. T: pale, swollen with white fur, slimy/moist or greasy. (sweating fails to relieve sx, twitching,
Zhen wu tang
Abd pain worsened by cold, urinary difficulty, edema, loose stool, dizziness, heaviness in head, difficulty concentrating, palpitations in cough. Deep aching and heaviness in the extremeties T: swollen, pale, scalloped. P: deep, w/out force and/or thin.
Juan bi tang
Preexisting qi and blood xu, pain and stiffness, feeling heavy, primarily upper body but also extremities, difficulty moving. T: thick white coat. P: slow, possibly slippery
Er chen tang
Cough with copious sputum that is easy to expectorate, focal distention and stifling sensation in the chest, palpitations, nausea or vomiting. T: swollen, thick white greasy. P: slippery
Wen dan tang
Dizziness, vertigo, nausea or vomiting, insomnia, dream disturbed sleep with strange or unusual dreams, palpitations, anxiety, indeterminate gnawing hunger, seizures accompanied by copious sputum, focal distention of the chest, bitter taste in the mouth, thirst, slight thirst. T: greasy, yellow, could be puffy and swollen P: rapid, either slippery or wiry.
Bei mu gua lou san
Cough with deep seated sputum that is difficult to expectorate, wheezing, dry and sore throat (raspy). T: red and dry with little coat (white). P: rapid and thin, but strong
San zi yang qin tang
Cough with Wheezing, copious sputum, loss of appetite, digestion problems. T: white greasy coat. P: slippery.
Ban xia bai zhu tain ma tang
Dizziness, vertigo, HA, N/V, stifling sensation in the chest, copious sputum, heavy sensation in the head, hiccough, strong rebellious stomach qi. T: white greasy coat. P: wiry, slippery
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