SOURCE: Prescriptions of Peaceful Benevolent Dispensary
Chinese pink herb
Roasted licorice root
Rhubarb (coated wit11 flour paste and then roasted after removal of the coat and then baked)
DIRECTIONS: Grind the herbs into powder, and then decoct 6 to 9 grams in water for oral administration; Or all the above herbs are directly decocted in water for oral administration, with the dosage adjusted in proportion to the original formula.
EFFECTS: Clearing away heat and purging fire, inducing diuresis to treat stranguria.
INDICATIONS: Heat-stranguria, blood-stranguria due to downward flow of damp-heat marked by cloudy and dark urine, frequent and urgent micturition, burning pain in the urethra, dribbling urination, or retention of urine, spasmatic destention and fullness of the lower abdomen, dryness of mouth and throat, yellowish and greasy tongue coating, slippery and rapid pulse.
ANALYSIS OF FORMULA: It is a common formula for treatment of heatstranguria and blood-stranguria. Chinese pink herb and prostrate knotweed as principal herbs are good at clearing away heat and excreting dampness, dropping fire and treating stranguria. Plantain seed, akebia stem, talc and rush pith as assistant herbs clear away damp-heat and treat stranguria to benefit the orifices. Capejasmine fruit purges damp-heat from the triple-jiao. Rhubarb purges heat and lowers fire. These two herbs act as adjuvant herbs. Roasted licorice coordinates the effects of the other herbs in the formula, playing the role of dispatcher herbs.
This formula treats stranguria by its bitter flavor and cold property, and it is only indicated for stranguria syndrome with excess fire. It is contraindicated in prolonged stranguria syndrome with weak constitution and in pregnant women.
Today it is often used for cystitis, urethritis, acute prostatitis, infection or stone in urinary system, pyelonephritis and the other manifested as syndrome of damp-heat in the lower-jiao.