SOURCE: Synopsis of the Golder Chamber
DIRECTIONS: Decoct all the herbs in water for oral administration.
EFFECTS: Activating qi and dispersing accumulation, lowering the adverse flow of qi and resolving phlegm.
INDICATIONS: Plum-core feeling in the throat manifested by a subjective sensation as if a plum-pit is stuck in the throat which can neither be thrown up nor swallowed down, or accompanied by stuffy chest and hypochondrium, or cough or vomiting, white and moist and greasy coating, slippery or string-taut pulse.
ANALYSIS OF FORMULA: It is a common formula to treat plum-pit sensation in the throat. Pinellia tuber in the formula is used as a principal herb to resolve phlegm, disperse accumulation and harmonize the stomach and lower the adverse flow of qi. Magnolia bark lowers qi and relieves the sensation of fullness and assists pinellia tuber in dispersing stagnation, soothing the chest and regulating the middle. Poria oozes dampness and invigorates the spleen and assists pinellia tuber in resolving phlegm. The two herbs are used as assistant herbs. Fresh ginger, pungent in flavor and warm in property, harmonizes the stomach and lowers the adverse flow of qi. Perilla leaf activates circulation of qi, soothes the liver and regulates qi by means of its aroma. These two herbs are adjuvant herbs.
Today this formula is often used for treatment of syndrome of phlegm accumulation due to qi stagnation occurring in hysteria, functional gastrointestinal disorders, spasm of esophagus, chronic pharyngitis, bronchitis and others.
The formula is mainly composed of herbs which are pungent and bitter in flavor and warm and dry in nature, so it is contraindicated in cases with insufficiency of yin-fluid or flaring of fire due to yin deficiency.