Zhen wu tang
fu zi 30 ( 1 piece ) fu ling 9 bai zhu 6 bai shao 9 sheng jiang 9
When in tai yang disease, sweating has been promoted and sweat issues but the disease does not resolve, the person still has heat effusion, and there are palpitations below the heart, dizzy head, generalized twitching and the person is quivering and about to fall, zhen wu tang governs.
When shao yin disease has not ceased after two or three days, and at four and five days there is abdominal pain, inhibited urination, heaviness and pain in the limbs, and spontaneous diarrhea, it means there is water qi and the person may cough, or have uninhibited urination, or diarrhea, or retching, therefore zhen wu tang governs. If there is a cough, add wu wei zi, xi xin, and gan jiang. If the urine flows freely remove the fu ling. If there is diarrhea remove the bai shao and add gan jiang. If there is retching remove the fu zi and add gan jiang.
The representative formula for shao yin cold water accumulation.
The true warrior zhen wu warms the icy cold waters of the tai yang cold by warming the shao yin imperial heat of the south.
Fu zi tang has been modified to disperse cold water by replacing ren shen with sheng jiang.
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.
Fu zi warms the source yang of the body as imperial fire of the heart and kidneys. 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.
Fu zi directly heats the shao yin imperial fire allowing it to warm the production of kidney vapor.
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. The movement of fluids is the start of movement for blood. By moving water we move blood. 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.
Fu ling and bai zhu dry stagnant fluids while it restoring the middle burner as a motor of water metabolism.
Bai zhu, Atractylodis macrocephalae rhizome is sweet tonifying of the stomach domain and spleen. Bai zhu is bitter draining of excess fluids in the stomach domain, spleen, lungs and bladder. It tonifies the spleen qi along with the promotion of the spleen’s transforming and transporting actions.
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 supports yin and blood and so anchors the yang qi from pungent dispersing fu zi while it protects the blood layer from excessive dispersing.
Bai shao also protects against the drying of bai zhu.
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 pungent warm dispersing and is supporting fu zi in warming the interior and surface.