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Peony is an assistant medicinal which astringes yin and thus prevents the strong exterior-resolves from damaging the qi and fluids. Together with Cinnamon Twigs, it harmonizes the constructive and defensive. This harmonization of the constructive and defensive is further carried out by the other assistant medicinals, Ginger and Red Dates. In addition, they harmonize the stomach. Licorice is the messenger medicinal which harmonizes all the other ingredients. Together < previous page page_18 If you like this book, buy it!

Heat-clearing formulas are used to clear internal heat where there is neither an external pattern nor internal accumulation and binding. When prescribing heat-clearing formulas, one must clearly distinguish whether the heat is replete or vacuous and also where the heat is located. Location in this context means either a) the fen or division vis á vis warm disease theory or b) the viscera and bowels. Within Chinese medicine, there are six subcategories of heat-clearing formulas. These are: 1) formulas which cleat heat from the qidivision, 2) formulas which clear the constructive and cool the blood, 3) formulas which clear heat and resolve toxins, 4) formulas which clear heat and dispel summerheat, 5) formulas which clear heat from the viscera and bowels, and 6) formulas which clear vacuity heat.

5. Do not resolve the exterior if there is dehydration due to vomiting and diarrhea. Acrid, warm, exterior-resolving medicines Ge Gen Wan (Pueraria Pills). Radix Puerariae (Ge Gen) Radix Ephedrae (Ma Huang) Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae (Gui Zhi) Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae (Bai Shao) uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis (Sheng Jiang) Radix Glycyrrhizae (Gan Cao) Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae (Da Zao) Functions: Dispels wind and resolves the exterior, resolves the muscles and engenders fluids Indications: Stiffness and pain in the upper back, shoulders, nape of the neck, and occipital regions Main signs & symptoms: Aversion to cold and effusion of heat, no sweating, neck and upper back stiffness and rigidity, thin, white tongue fur, and a floating, tight pulse Dosage: 8 pills three times per day Formula explanation: The sovereign medicinal in this formula, Pueraria, resolves the exterior and particularly the muscles of the upper back and neck.

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