(bai dou kou)
Pungent in flavour, warm in nature, it acts on the spleen,
stomach and lung channels. The pungent flavour of the herb
can disperse the warm-dryness, and the fragrance can
dispel dampness. The function of the herb includes
eliminating the dampness in the middle-jiao, relieving the
stagnation of Qi in the spleen and stomach, warming the
stomach and arresting vomiting. It is therefore indicated
for the syndromes of dampness retention in the middle-jiao,
Qi stasis in the spleen and stomach, vomiting due to
stomach-cold and the early stage of damp-warm syndrome.
Dispelling dampness, promoting Qi circulation, normalizing
the functions of spleen and stomach and arresting
1. For the syndromes of excessive
dampness in the middle-jiao, Qi stagnation caused by
pathogenic dampness, incoordination between the spleen and
stomach, manifestes as poppressive chest, greasy tongue
coating, poor appetite, it is used in combination with the
drugs for dispelling dampness and promoting Qi
circulation, such as tangerine peel, pinellia tuber,
atractylodes rhizome and magnolia bark. In cases of the
early stage of damp-warm syndrome, headache due to cold
and heat, heaviness of the limbs, oppressive chest, and
greasy tongue coating, it is used in combination with the
drugs for clearing away dampheat and facilitating the
flow of lung-qi, such as apricot kernel, coix seed,
pinellia tuber and ricepaper pith, known as Sanren Tang
(Decoction of Three Kernels).
2. For the syndromes of
cold-dampness retention in the middle-jiao, failure of
descending and rebellious rising of the stomach-qi, marked as
vomiting, and regurgitation, it is used with tangerine
peel, pinellia tuber, fresh ginger to dispel dampness and
cold, lower the adverse flow of Qi and arrest vomiting.
Dosage and Administration: 3-6g.
Break into pieces and then decoct.
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