Fu ling gan cao tang
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In cold damage, with sweating and thirst, wu ling san governs. If no thrst, then fu ling gan cao tang governs.
When in cold damage, there is reversal and palpitations below the heart; it is appropriate to first treat the water. One should take fu ling gan cao tang which will then treat reversal. If not treated this way the water will soak the stomach and there will be diarrhea.
It contains the formula gui zhi gan cao tang. It warms yang and disperses fluids accumulating in the yang ming stomach causing reversal.
Fu ling, Poria is sweet and neutral. It drains fluids but is not bitter. Fu ling is tonifying the stomach domain, spleen, kidney and bladder to move excess fluids. It moves more than it tonifies.
Fu ling drains fluids through the tai yang bladder and restores the water metabolism. The movement of fluids is the start of movement for blood. By moving water we move blood. Dampness is a form of yin and we move the yin with the fu ling to restore the transformation and transport aspect of tai yin. Tai yin is also the post heaven source of clear qi and yin and blood.
Fu ling neutral and sweet, it restores the water ways of earth and the lower jiao. It frees the middle from excessive dampness by leaching it out through the bladder.
Gui zhi, Cinnamomi cassiae ramulus is pungent sweet and warm dispersing of the imperial and ministerial fire. It warms and tonifies the shao yin and jue yin. In doing so it warms and tonifies the whole body.
Gui zhi is the main herb to restore the water metabolism of the tai yang fu organ. It warms the yang on the bladder channel and promotes the transformation of kidney qi as vapor from the stored fluids of the bladder.
Sheng jiang, Zingiberis rhizoma recens is pungent dispersing of the liver and pericardium blood and the ministerial fire in the san jiao. Sheng jiang is pungent dispersing of dampness and cold in the stomach domain, spleen and lung. Sheng jiang is pungent connecting of the tai yin with the tai yang. It supports raising of the clear qi to the chest and the 100 vessels.
It stops nausea by harmonizing the stomach and drying dampness and phlegm. It dries the middle burner of dampness that can arise due to spleen obstruction and deficiency and by correcting the counter flow of the stomach.
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.
It balances the pungent gui zhi and sheng jiang with its sweet moderation and nourishing.