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Chinese Symptomology Copious, purulent, and foul-smelling nasal discharge, nasal obstruction, dizziness, frontal headache (Bensky) Western Symptomology Acute or chronic sinusitis and acute chronic, or allergic rhinitis (Bensky) Actions Disperses wind, alleviates pain, and unblocks the nose. (Bensky) Pattern Wind-heat attacking the head (Bensky) Tongue Usually has a white or yellow coating Pulse Usually floating and rapid Ingredients Bai Zhi (Radix Angelicae Dahuricae) 416.7 mg ~ Xin Yi Hua (Flos Magnoliae) 208.3 mg ~ Cang Er Zi (Fructus Xanthii) 104.2 mg ~ Bo He (Herba Menthae Haplocalycis) 20.8 mg Within this formula, Cang Er Zi and Xin Yi Hua are acrid and warm and free the flow of the nose. Bai Zhi, acrid, warm, and aromatic, resolves the exterior and frees the flow of the orifices, disperses wind and eliminates dampness, and promotes the discharge of pus. Bo He, acrid and cool, disperses wind and clears heat as well as clears the head and eyes. It also guides the other ingredients in this formula to the head.
This formula comes from Yan Yong-he’s Song dynasty Ji Sheng Fang (Formulas to Aid the Living) published in 1253.