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Er Chen Tang
Dries dampness and transforms phlegm, rectifies the qi and harmonizes the center
Phlegm and dampness manifesting as chronic tracheitis, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary emphysema, goiter, chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer, eclampsia, hangover, gastroptosis, Meniere's disease, neurosis, etc.
Within this formula, Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae), is the sovereign. It is acrid and warm and its nature is drying. It is able to dry dampness and transform phlegm as well as to downbear counterflow and harmonize the stomach and thus stop vomiting. Chen Pi (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae), is the minister. It rectifies the qi and dries dampness. It aids in normalizing the qi and dispersing phlegm. The assistants are Fu Ling (Poria), and Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis). Fu Ling fortifies the spleen and seeps dampness. Once dampness is removed, the spleen may become effulgent and phlegm can no longer be engendered. Sheng Jiang downbears counterflow and transforms rheum. It is also able to neutralize the toxins in Ban Xia. It also helps Ban Xia and Chen Pi move the qi and disperse phlegm. Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae), is the envoy or guide. It regulates and harmonizes all these other medicinals.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF PHLEGM INCLUDE:
Profuse, white or clear phlegm
The sound of phlegm in the throat
Chest and diaphragm glomus and oppression
Possible nausea and vomiting
Slimy tongue fur
A slippery pulse
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF DAMPNESS INCLUDE:
Swelling and edema
Possible nausea dn vomiting
An enlarged tongue with teethmarks on its edges and possible slimy fur
A fine, possibly slippery, or possibly soft pulse
Er Chen Tang
Fu Ling (Poria) 167 mg
Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae) 125 mg
Chen Pi (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae) 83 mg
Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis) 83 mg
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae) 42 mg
According to Him-che Yeung in Handbook of Chinese Herbs and Formulas, Vol. 2, the standard daily dose in decoction for this formula is 36 grams. Because of the 10:1 concentration ratio and the efficiency of our manufacturing process it would take only 5 capsules per day of Blue Poppy's version of this formula to equal the standard daily dose. The actual prescribed dose should be determined by the practitioner on a case by case basis.
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