Zhu ye tang
zhu ye 9 ge gen 9 fang feng 3 jie geng 3 ren shen 3 sheng jiang 15 da zao 9 zhi gan cao 3 fu zi 6 gui zhi 3
Postpartum, for wind strike with fever, and a bright red face, with panting and headache zhu ye tang governs.
This is a good example of treating the surface pattern without weakening the yang. When yang qi is weak and you use warm pungent herbs the dispersing and moving of yang qi and nutritive can also cause a loss of fluids which can further weaken the patient.
What makes this formula different from other surface formulas is the support of the shao yin heart and kidneys with ren shen, gui zhi and fu zi.
Zhu ye, Lophatheri herba is bitter draining of heat in the lungs, stomach and heart. It is sweet tonifiyng and nourishing of the lungs, stomach, and heart. It clears yang ming dry heat without damaging the depleted fluids.
Dispels heat, protects the heart shen from being influenced by high fever and eliminates the heat that has already reached the interior by flushing it out through the urine.
Ge gen, Puerariae radix is sweet tonifying and nourishing of the spleen and lungs. It is is pungent dispersing and sweet nourishing of the tai yang and yang ming channels. Ge gen connects the tai yin to the tai yang and yang ming channels.
Neutral, sweet and pungent it clears yang ming channel congestion and ascends the clear fluids of the sea of water and grain to moisten the hand yang ming channel. It clears the channel stagnation located on the upper back and neck.
Combined with fang feng bai shao it benefits yin and relieves the convulsions and spasms by relaxing the tendons.
Fang feng, Saposhnikoviae radix is sweet tonifying and nourishing of the spleen and lungs. It is sweet tonifying and nourishing of the tai yang and yang ming channels. It is pungent dispersing of the jue yin ministerial fire. It is called the moisturizer of the wind herbs.
It dispels wind and eliminates dampness, disperses cold and arrests pain. Fang feng treats wind and dampness with pungent strengthening of yang qi and it also contains the yin needed to anchor the yang.
Jie geng, Platycodi radix is pungent dispersing of liver blood and the ministerial fire in the san jiao. It is pungent dispersing of the lungs. It is bitter draining of dampness and phlegm in the lungs.
Pungent, bitter, and warm it transforms stagnant phlegm. It is a pungent surface cold clearing herb that transforms phlegm and arrests coughing.
Jie geng ascends spleen qi and guides the formulas actions to the lung which governs qi in the body. It opens the lungs through dissipating lung qi and thus frees the waterways and strengthens the downward leaching action of other herbs as if by opening a lid.
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.
Ren shen tonifies qi and yin of the lungs and heart. The tonification of qi will strengthen the heartbeat, while the tonification of yin will nourish the blood and clear deficient heat.
The formula contains sheng jiang gan cao tang to support tai yin in supporting the surface.
Fu zi and gui zhi support the shao yin fire and water to ensure that tai yang is supported.
Shao yin and tai yang are the cold water of the north and the imperial heat of the south.