Ling gan wu wei jiang xin tang
fu ling 12 zhi gan cao 9 wu wei zi 12 gan jiang 9 xi xin 9
Now that the surging qi has been lowered, and there adversely is again coughing, with fullness in the chest, use gui ling wu wei gan cao tang minus gui, plus gan jiang, xi xin, to treat cough and fullness.
This formula is a modification of the formula gui ling wu wei gan cao tang by taking out the gui zhi and adding the xi xin and gan jiang. Gan jiang, wu wei zi and xi xin is the core group for eliminating internal cold causing massive dampness and stagnation that effects the descending function of the lung causing coughing.
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 opens the earth’s trenches to drain fluids into the bladder. Gan jiang warms and dries the earth. Xi xin disperses stagnating fluids by warming the interior and exterior.
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 gan jiang and xi xin with its sweet moderation and nourishing.
Wu wei zi, Schisandrae fructus is sour tonifying and collecting of the lungs. It is astringing of the lungs and stomach domain. It is sweet tonifying of the lungs.
Always in combination with gan jiang to stop coughing due to cold dampness accumulation on the tai yin domain of the lungs and spleen. It eliminates phlegm and moistens and tonifies the lung qi. This balances the effect of the strongly drying and dispersing action of pungent xi xin and gan jiang.
Gan jiang, Zingiberis rhizoma, dried is warm (or hot) pungent and astringent. Gan jiang is the main herb to warm the tai yin level and treat excessive dampness by introducing yang ming dryness in tai yin dampness.
Warms the interior and especially tai yin. It warms the fluids in the lungs and spleen, while assisting in dispersing cold from the body surface. Together with xi xin they form the core pair to treat internal stagnant fluids.
Xi xin, Asari herba is pungent dispersing of the liver blood and the ministerial fire. It is pungent dispersing of the heart, kidneys and lungs. It is pungent dispersing of the tai yang channel.
For more phlegm and dampness add ba xia forming the formula gui ling wu wei qu gui jia jiang xin xia tang.
For more obstruction in the chest and panting add xing ren forming the formula ling gan wi wei ban xia xing ren tang.
For more heat in yang ming use ling gan wu wei jia jiang xin ban da huang tang.