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Long Dan Xie Gan Tang
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang
|Brand||Blue Poppy Classics|
|Dosage||Three capsules two times per day equal not less than 30 grams of bulk medicinals.|
|Potency||10:1 (average) 500mg|
|Chinese Symptomology||Headache caused by Liver function disorder, burning and dry eyes, bitter mouth, rib distention, ear infection or ear swelling, yeast infection, vaginal discharge.|
|Western Symptomology||Hypertension, acne, vegetative nerve functional disturbance, acute conjunctivitis, acute otitis media, acute prostatitis, acute hepatitis, urinay tract or vaginal infections, acute pelvic inflammation, acute eczema, herpes zoster.|
|Actions||Alleviates excess Damp Heat in the Liver and Gallbladder; removes Damp Heat from the Lower Warmer.|
|Pattern||Damp Heat in the Liver and Gallbladder;Damp Heat from the Lower Warmer.|
|Tongue||A red tongue with yellow fur|
|Pulse||A rapid, forceful, bowstring pulse|
|Chinese name||Long Dan Xie Gan Tang|
|English name||Gentiana Drain the Liver Decoction|
|Description||This formula comes from Wang An's early Qing dynasty Yi Fang Ji Jie (Analytic Collection of Medical Formulas) published in 1682 CE.
Within this formula, Long Dan Cao is greatly bitter and greatly cold. It is the sovereign medicinal in this formula for both draining fire and eliminating dampness. It drains replete liver-gallbladder fire from the upper body, while it also precipitates and clears damp heat from the lower body. Huang Qin and Zhi Zi are the ministers within this formula. They also have the functions of draining fire with bitterness and cold and are combined with Long Dan Cao for that purpose. Ze Xie, Mu Tong, and Che Qian Zi clear heat and disinhibit dampness. Therefore, they assist in eliminating damp heat via the urinary tract. Because the liver stores the blood and heat within the liver channel can easily damage yin and blood, at the same time as using bitter cold ingredients to dry dampness, Sheng Di and Dang Gui are used as assistants to enrich yin and nourish the blood. Gan Cao regulates and harmonizes all the other medicinals. Therefore, within this formula there is supplementation within drainage and enrichment within disinhibition. This assists the downbearing of fire and the clearing of heat and the separation of clear from damp turbidity.
|Ingredients||Sheng Di (uncooked Radix Rehmanniae) - 74 mg; Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae) - 55.5 mg; Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae) - 55.5 mg; Ze Xie (Rhizoma Alismatis) - 55.5 mg; Che Qian Zi (Semen Plantaginis) - 55.5 mg; Dang Gui Wei (Extremitas Radicis Angelicae Sinensis) - 55.5 mg; Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri) - 55.5 mg; Long Dan Cao (Radix Gentianae) - 37 mg; Mu Tong (Caulis Akebiae) - 37 mg; Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae) - 19 mg;|
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