SOURCE: Differentiation on Endogenous and Exogenous Diseases
pubescent angelica root
Roasted licorice root
DIRECT1ONS: Decoct all the herbs in water for oral administration.
EFFECTS: Expelling wind and dampness, stopping pain and relieving the exterior syndrome.
INDICATIONS: Attack of wind-dampness in the exterior marked by headache，tired body, pain in the shoulder, back and lower back, and difficulty in turning and side bending, or slight aversion to wind and cold, white tongue coating, and floating pulse.
ANALYSIS OF FORMULA: It is a common formula for treatment of wind-dampness attack in the exterior. Notopterygium root being pungent in flavor and warm in property relieves the exterior syndrome and is good at dispelling wind-dampness from the upper part of the body. Pubescent angelica root tends to dispel wind-dampness from the lower part of the body. The combination of these two herbs can expel wind-dampness of the whole body, so they are used as principal herbs for treatment of arthralgia. Ledebouriella root expels wind and removes dampness, and it has the effect of moistening without drying. Ligusticum root disperses wind, cold and damp evils and is good for stopping parietal headache. The combined use of these two as assistant herbs can assist the principal herbs in strengthening the effect of expelling wind-dampness. Chuanxiong rhizome promotes blood circulation and dissipates blood stasis. Chaste tree fruit dispels wind and relieve pain. Both act as adjuvant herbs. Roasted licorice root as a dispatcher herb coordinates the effects of the other herbs in the formula.
This formula is one for relieving the exterior syndrome by dispelling wind and dampness with pungent and warm herbs. After taking it, the person may have slight sweating. Thus, it is contraindicated in patients with wind-heat syndrome due to exogenous attack or those suffering from common cold with perspiration. This formula can be used for common clod, rheumatic arthritis and sciatic neuralgia
Blockage-Relieving Decoction （juan bi tang)
SOURCE: One Hundred and One Selected Formulae
Chinese angelica root (soaked in wine)
Astragalus root (honey-baking)
Red peony root
Roasted licorice root
DIRECTIONS: Decoct all the herbs in water for oral administration.
EFFECTS: Replenishing qi, regulating nutrient-qi and expelling wind and dampness.
INDICATIONS: Blockage syndrome due to wind-dampness accompanied by deficiency of both nutrient-qi and defense-qi marked by pain of nape, shoulder and arms, heaviness and numbness of the hands and feet.
Notes: Both this formula and Notopterygium Damp-Expelling Decoction can be used for blockage syndrome due to wind-dampness. However, the former trends to replenish qi and regulate nutrient-qi, so it is suitable for pain of nape, shoulder and arms, numbness of the hands and feet. The latter stresses on dispelling wind and dampness, and it is effective for attack of wind-dampness in the exterior marked by headache.