Fu ling xing ren gan cao tang
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In chest obstruction, there is stuffiness in the chest, with shortness of breath, fu ling xing ren gan cao tang governs. And ju zhi jiang tang governs.
The function of the tai yin lung has been weakened and there is also an accumulation of dampness in the chest.
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. 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.
Xing ren, Armeniacae semen is bitter descending of Metal. Xing ren descends lung qi, which stands into the interior exterior relation to the large intestine, allowing for a heavy Metal downward pressure on the stomach and large intestine.
Xing ren is a bitter draining qi moving herb that dries excessive dampness and causes a downward motion of qi movement. Fluids stagnating in the chest will cause shortness of breath and fullness in the chest. Xing ren descends lung qi and fluids and opens the chest. The excess fluids descend to the middle burner where the action of the spleen transforms the fluids.
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.