Gui zhi jia shao yao tang
gui zhi 9 bai shao 18 sheng jiang 9 da zao 9 zhi gan cao 6
When originally there was tai yang disease, but the physician used precipitation, and consequently there is abdominal fullness with periodic pain, this belongs to tai yang disease. Gui zhi jia shao yao tang governs. If there is great repletion pain, gui zhi jia da huang tang governs.
This is a version of gui zhi tang but with extra bai shao making it an internal formula. There is no yi tang as in xiao jian zhong tang because it is not a taxation pattern just excess Wood wind causing dry Earth that cannot descend.
The dose of bai shao changes the focus of the formula. Gui zhi tang treats a deficiency pattern but now there is more dryness and bai shao nourishes yin and blood.
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.
Bai shao, Paeoniae radix lactiflora is sour, bitter and cool. It is sour collecting of yin fluids and blood. It is bitter descending of heat. It nourishes dryness in yang ming and the jue yin. It descends Earth and Metal and calms Wood wind.
Bai shao nourishes blood and astringes yin while buffering convulsions and pain.
Bai shao also eliminates lower abdominal and lower extremity cramping by calming internal wind. It lubricates the intestines and descends its qi.
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.
Da zao, Jujubae fructus is sweet tonifying and moderating. It tonifies and nourishes the stomach domain, spleen, lungs, and heart. It directly nourishes the shao yin heart.
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.
Tonifies middle burner qi and yin, it buffers urgency and combined with bai shao it generates yin and replenishes fluids of the liver.