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Contraindications Spleen or Stomach Deficiency. Empty-Heat Chinese Symptomology Pain in the hypochondria, headache, dizziness, red and sore eyes, hearing loss, swelling in the ears, a bitter taste in the mouth, irritability, a short temper. Also for difficult and painful urination with a sensation of heat in the urethra, swollen and pruritic external genitalia, or foul-smelling leukorrhea. Western Symptomology Migraine headache, exzema, intercostal neuralgia, gallstones, uveitis, conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, acute glaucoma, central retinitis, suppurative otitis media, herpes zoster, herpes simplex, pyelonephritits, cystitis, urethritis, pelvic inflammatory disease, orchitis, epididymitis, hyperthyroidism. - Bensky Actions Drains firs excess from the Liver and Gallbladder, and clears and drains damp-heat from the lower burner. - Bensky Pattern Heat excess in the Liver and/or Gallbladder channels. Channels Entered Liver, Gallbladder Tongue Red tongue with red dots along the sides Pulse Wiry and rapid Ingredients Scutellaria (huang qin) root, Raw Rehmannia root, Gentian (long dan cao) tails, Dong Quai root, Bupleurum root, Plantago seed, Alisma rhizome, Gardenia fruit, Akebia stem, Chinese Licorice root.
"This formula can be used in treating a wide variety of complaints There are three criteria for diagnosing heat in the Liver channel (the condition for which this formula is indicated); a wiry, rapid pulse; a red tongue or red dots along the sides of the tongue; and dark urine or urinary difficulty. The use of this formula should be distinguished from that of Augmented Rambling Powder (jia wei xiao yao san), which is used in treating constrained Liver qi with some symptoms of heat. That formula in indicated for a condition that lacks the full force of heat excess. The herbs in this formula cool heat without causing stasis, dispel the pathogenic qi, and cause it to descend without injuring the normal qi. It is an excellent formula for treating the symptoms and underlying mechanisms associated with Liver and Gallbladder disorders." - Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Formulas & Strategies.*