herbs for vomiting
1. Zhen Ni Tang (Zhen here means to
suppress, and to stop, in Chinese; Ni means reverse)
This formula is used to suppress vomit that is caused by
reversed Stomach Qi or reversed Gall Bladder Fire.
Daizheshi 18 gram
(grind), Qingdai 6 gram, Banxia 9 gram, Baishao 12 gram,
Longdancao 9 gram, Wuzhuyu 3 gram, Fresh ginger 6 gram, wild
Taishen 6 gram.
2. Shuyu Banxia Zhou (Shuyu is the name of a
herb; Banxia: the name of a herb; Zhou here means soup in
This formula is used for continuous vomiting due to Stomach Qi
rushing up reversely. The Chong Qi rushes up. The person have
more vomit upon smelling the herbal smell and so much so that
the person could not have anything swallowed.
Shanyao 30 gram (grind), Banxia 30 gram.
Wash the Banxia with warm water for several times until there is
no any smell of vitriol. Use the dish cooking pot (do not use
the herbal pot) to cook the Banxia for about 650 ml. Add the
Shanyao powder in, continue the cook for two to three boiling.
The soup is ready to eat. Add some white sugar to eat. If there
is Fire in the Upper Jiao, use the Shishuangbing to replace the
sugar. If the body feels cold in the Upper Jiao, drink some
Ganjiang (dried ginger) powder with the herbal soup.
After vomit, if the person feels dry mouth and throat, and
wishes to drink water, it suggests the condition belongs to
Fire; if after vomiting, he has wet tongue, and has no desire to
drink, it suggests a cold condition. However, if the vomit has
been there for a long time to cause loss of liquid in the body,
the person will also feel thirsty in a cold condition. In this
case, check the pulse carefully. If the pulse feels slippery and
frequent, it is Hot; if it is string and late, it is cold. If it
is slippery but weak, it suggests Upper-sthenic but Lower-asthenic
condition, and the Upper-Hot and Lower-cold condition. String
and strong, it is reverse of Chong Qi and Stomach Qi. If the
pulse feels as hot but not really hot, it is needed to ask about
the diet, the digestion, the odor of vomited stuff, etc., to
distinguish the Hot and Cold condition.
Generally speaking, the vomit is in most cases caused by the
up-reverse of the Stomach Qi and Chong Qi together. Herb Banxia
is the main herb to reverse the reversed Stomach Qi and the
Chong Qi, so that there are Da Banxia Tang and Xiao Banxia Tang
in the book
It should be
specifically pointed out that, the person with vomit hates and
dislike the vitriol taste and smell. Currently in the market,
even the so called pure Banxia contains the vitriol, which must
be washed off completely, to prevent further more vomit due to
the vitriol. The amount of the Banxia was used up to 30 gram,
for the reason that, the process of the Banxia in the herbal
shop depleted off its spicy taste; and that, the more washing
further more removed its spicy. It has to be used in a large
amount, so as to keep its power in vomit-stopping function. To
make it as soup with Shanyao, is for the reason that the person
with vomit is easy to vomit after drink water-solution. The
Shanyao soup is sticky, so to hold the healing effect of the
Banxia longer time in stomach. In addition, the Shanyao could
supply more liquid to the body and nourish the lung, so can
prevent the possible dryness side effect from the Banxia. The
Shanyao can also nourish the Kidney to restrain the Qi back to
the Kidney. When the Chong Qi is nourished, it would stay in its
original place in the body, no longer rushing up to push the
Stomach Qi up. The Shanyao is calm, has no herbal taste, so it
is as the Banxia, suitable to the person with strong vomit.
There is a clinic
condition, in which the vomit is due to “reverse of Gall
Bladder”. In the book《Xu
Ming Yi Lei An》, there is a case as such. Dr.
Xuxuan treated a child, who was 10 years of old. The child
vomited bitter water, which had color as green as vegetable
juice. Dr. Xu said: this is “reverse of Gall Bladder”. After the
gall bladder juice is vomited completely, the person would die.
He used herbal formula Wen Dan Tang, with addition of Suanzaoren,
Daizheshi to re-localize the gall bladder. The formula should be
termed as Zhen Dan Tang (note: Zhen here means to re-localize;
to put in normal or correct position; Dan here means gall
bladder in Chinese). One dose stopped the vomit. Comments: this
case is very mysterious, so it is cited here for a reference.