Shao yao gan cao fu zi tang
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When sweating is promoted, if the disease does not resolve, and instead there is aversion to cold, this is because of vacuity, hence shao yao gan cao fu zi tang governs.
If the tai yang patterns has been treated but did not resolve you can use this formula. Meaning that now it needs support from the imperial yang of shao yin. This is a very concise formula and very balanced in yin and yang. The fu zi dose may need to be higher.
In a tai yang wind strike pattern we need to clear cold, nourish the nutritive and support tai yin. This formula does all that and mainly because of the multiple characteristics of each herb.
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.
Together with fu zi it nourishes yin and yang on the surface as wei and ying qi.
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 fu zi with its sweet moderation and nourishing. Zhi gan cao directly enters the heart and fu zi and gan cao embodies the sweet and pungent tonification of yang qi.
Fu zi, Aconiti radix lateralis praeparata is pungent dispersing of liver blood and the ministerial fire in the san jiao. It is pungent dispersing of the heart and kidneys. It is pungent dispersing of the tai yang channels. It is pungent dispersing of excess water.
It warms the original qi of the kidneys and the gathering qi of the lungs and heart. Fu zi infuses the body with fire and promotes water metabolism through the descent of fire into the water reservoirs of the body to draw qi from the body.