Hou po sheng jiang ban xia gan cao ren shen tang
hou po 24 sheng jiang 24 ban xia 24 zhi gan cao 6 ren shen 3
When, after the promotion of sweating, there is abdominal distension and fullness, hou po sheng jiang ban xia gan cao ren shen tang governs.
This formula treats the damp accumulation in yang ming with hou po, sheng jiang and ban xia while supporting earth and preventing dryness with ren shen and zhi gan cao.
It contains the formula xiao ban xia tang which is ban xia and sheng jiang.
Protects Earth, descends Metal to control Wood
Hou po, Magnoliae cortex is bitter and aromatic. It is bitter descending of dampness in the stomach domain, chest and lungs. It is pungent dispersing of dampness.
Warm, bitter, and aromatic hou po opens the middle and promotes the downward qi flow of the yang ming and Metal mandate.
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.
Sheng jiang is a warm pungent herb that disperses dampness and cold outward. It warms the tai yang, yang ming and tai yin.
Ban xia, Pinelliae rhizoma is pungent dispersing of the liver blood and the ministerial fire in the san jiao. It is pungent dispersing of the cold and dampness in the stomach domain, spleen and lung. It transforms tai yin damp phlegm generated from excessive and stagnant cold dampness and counteracts nausea and adverse flow.
Dries dampness and transforms phlegm while moving and dispersing qi congestion.
Together with sheng jiang it forms xiao ban xia tang which treats middle counter flow qi and damp accumulation.
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 strengthens the tai yin spleen qi and buffers the effects of drying herbs.
Ren shen, Ginseng radix is sweet tonifying and nourishing of the spleen, lungs, heart, and kidney. It nourishes yin fluids and therefore is the foremost qi and yin tonic.
Tonifies qi and strengthens the middle to prevent damage from purging herbs by mildly moistening.