Bai hu tang
shi gao 48 zhi mu 18 geng mi 18 zhi gan cao 6
When in cold damage the pulse is floating and slippery, this means there is heat in the exterior and cold in interior, bai hu tang governs.
This formula is called White tiger decoction and it treats formless internal dryness and heat spreading through the whole body. It clears yang ming channel patterns or in fire school terms qi layer heat which is the stomach and lung organs, it protects body fluids which preserves yang.
The four great signs, high fever with aversion to heat, intense sweating, great thirst, surging large pulse.
Treats, yang ming channel heat pattern or qi layer heat, dryness of the middle due to stomach heat, there is also collapse of heat into the pericardium.
Yang ming must make its physiological descent into yin, when this is impaired there is a risk of yin damage. This risk is the greatest of any conformation.
The yang ming conformation of the dry Metal of the west represents natures dryness anatomically and is embodied by the lung and large intestine. Functionally yang ming manifests as the stomach domain which is stomach, small intestine and the large intestine.
In yang ming pathologies there is a great tendency to show profuse heat and sweating because the lungs govern qi. When the channel pathology collapses inward it manifests as stomach and large intestine dryness.
A channel is a peripheral network of a confirmation that runs at superficial depth over the whole body linking all other systems related to the yang ming. The channel is between the surface and bowels and when clearing evils from a channel there are herbs that have an affinity with the upper and outer. Pungent shi gao opens the yang ming channel and clears the heat through sweating, and the cold heavy nature of shi gao cools and descends fire.
Shi gao, Gypsum is pungent dispersing of heat in the stomach domain and lung. It is sweet nourishing of the stomach, spleen, and lung. It is pungent cold dispersing of the yang channels: tai yang, yang ming, shao yang. It saves yin and blood by clearing heat.
Shi gao cool sweet pungent saves yin and blood by clearing heat.
Zhi mu, Anemarrhenae rhizome is bitter draining of heat in the stomach and lungs. It is sweet nourishing of fluids of the stomach, lungs, kidneys, and heart. It clears deficiency heat to preserve the yin blood of liver and heart, for only when yin blood is sufficient can the yang mind be controlled and pacified. It clears the heat in the jue yin liver and pericardium channels.
Clears stomach heat and lubricates exhausted fluids. Often used together with shi gao in patterns of empty heat due to its moistening nature.
Zhi mu cool bitter adds material to yin and fluids and freezes fluids to preserve them.
Geng mi, nonglutinous rice tonifies the middle qi and protects the stomach from the cold effects of other herbs like shi gao.
Geng mi adds material to anchor yang and support nutritive in blood.
Zhi gan cao, Glycyrrhizae radix prep is sweet tonifying and nourishing of all organs but especially the heart.
Zhi gan cao is sweet and mildly warm tonifying and nourishing of yin fluids. It nourishes yin fluids in the tai yin and shao yin. It calms wind in the jue yin.
Zhi gan cao moistens fluids and balances the cold herbs shi gao and zhi mu.