Chapter 24. herbs for Wen Disease (seasonal disease)
1. Qingjie Tang
This formula is used for the early stage of Wen disease. The
person feels headache, sour and pain in whole body joints,
hot/fever in muscles, mild chilly on back without sweat. The
pulse is floating and slippery.
Bohe leaves (peppermint) 12 gram, Chantui 9 gram (remove
feet and soil), Shigao (gypsum) 18 gram (grind), Gancao
(licorice root) 4.5
It is said in
《Shang Han Lun》: “When the disease is in the
Taiyang stage, the person feels hot and thirsty, no chilly,
the disease belongs to the Wen disease. After a sweat
therapy, he felt burning hot, his Wen disease is further
more to the Wind Wen disease. For the Wind Wen disease, the
person has sweat, heavy body; likes to lie down for sleep,
and has snooze during the sleep, and has difficulty in
speak. His pulse is floating from the Chun to the Chi
position.” This is the principle in the diagnosis of Wen
disease by Master Zhang Zhongjing. The parameter for the
diagnosis is very in detail, but he did not indicate clearly
in separate chapters for the way for the treatment. If we
check and study the Shang Han Lun carefully in detail, we
can find that there are formulas in the Shang Han Lun for
the treatment of the Wen disease, and he has already said
that it is used for the treatment of the Wen disease. It is
only because the readers did not pay much attention to them.
For example, in the chapter 61, he said: “After sweat due to
the use of sweating therapy, the Guizhi Tang should not be
used again. If the person has sweat then asthma, has no
strong hot, use Mahuang, Xingren, Gancao and Shigao for the
treatment.” For this condition, if the symptoms are not
solved after sweat therapy, it must be to use the spicy and
hot herbs to create sweat in a non-cold condition. It
belongs to the “after sweat therapy” in the diagnosis
principle for the Wen disease. (in the principle, the so
called “if after the sweat”, means to use the spicy-hot
herbs to create sweat in a Wen disease). That the sweat and
asthma without strong hot in the Wen disease diagnosis means
the same as “after sweat therapy, , the person has sweat,
heavy body; likes to lie down for sleep, and has snooze
during the sleep, and has difficulty in speak. When wake up,
he will have asthma” For
this condition, the spicy-hot herbs has been mis-used, the
Master worries that doctors may mis-regard the later sweat
as the Guizhi Tang condition, so emphasized: don’t use the
Guizhi Tang again, but use Maxingshigan Tang. This paragraph
corresponds with the principle of the Wen disease chapter.
Read the paragraphs together would be clear for their inner
relationship. The herbal formula of Maxingshigan Tang is
realy the formula for the early stage of the Wen disease. In
my formula here, the meaning of the removal of Mahuang, but
use Bohe and Chantui, has been discussed in the Gegen
Huanglian Huangqin Tang (see later). No detailed discussion
In current time, there are many books discussing the Wen
disease. The truth and the misleadings are all mixed
together and some books seem more famous than others.
Following the book
Han Lun》, together with my own
understanding and experience, I believe that, there are
three major meaning for the Wen disease. Here we discuss it
in detail for proper diagnosis and proper treatment.
One of the Wen diseases is the Spring Wen disease. It is due
to the mild Wind-Cold attack in winter. The out-coming Xie
Qi did not cause disease at that time, but hidden in between
the muscle fribro membranes, to block the blood vessels, so
to cause inside silent Hot. Upon the spring time, the Yang
Qi starts to come up, the inside hidden Hot, originally
having pushing nature, now trigerred by and mixed with the
mild Wind-Cold Xie Qi attack in the spring, erupts suddenly,
so as to make the body Hot/fever in the inside and outside
of the body. This is what has been said in the book《Nei
“if the body is attacked by Cold in the winter, the person
will have Wen disease in next spring”. Such case should be
treated by Liangjie Tang. If the Hot is very severe, use
Hanjie Tang. If there is sweat, use the Master’s formula
Gegen Huanglian Huangqin Tang, or use my Hejie Tang with
addition of Shigao.
If the Wen disease occurs in the summer, it is called Summer
Wen. In this case, the Hot/fever is more severe. The pulse
is waving and long in the early stage of the disease. If the
person craves for cold water to drink, use large amount of
Baihu Tang, or use my Xianlu Tang.
Another kind of the Wen diseases is the Wind Wen disease.
The clinic condition is similar to the Wind-Cold Shanghan
disease. At the time of the disease, the season has changed
to warm weather, and the invading Xie Qi has changed to
warm, so it is not called Cold-invasion, nor Wind-invasion
Shanghan disease, but the Wind Wen disease. It is the same
as the disease caused by Wind and Hot, as indicated in the《Shang Han Lun》.
It can happen in the later spring, or between the summer and
the autumn. For the treatment, pay attention to the cold or
hot of the season/weather at the time, as well as the pulse,
to treat the condition accordingly. If it happens in the
early spring or later autumn, the season is between the cold
and hot, the person has no chilly in the beginning; the
pulse is only floating; the person has no hot symptoms, use
my Qingjie Tang, with addition of herb Muhuang 3 to 6 gram,
or use the Master’s Da Qinglong Tang. If it happens in the
very hot summer time, the pulse is floating and waving, use
my Jiangjie Tang, or Hanjie Tang. If the person has sweat,
use my Hejie Tang, with addition of Shigao.
of the Wen disease is the Wetness Wen disease. It occurs in
hot and humidity weather. It is continuous raining weather.
The Wetness/humidity Qi is inhaled through the breath, goes
to the Upper Jiao of the body, blocks the Big Qi in the
chest, so as to prevent the connection between the Ying-Qi
and the Wei-Qi of the body, and cause the body surface
feeling as being sealed or being tied. The tongue covering
is white and slippery and oily, with slight grey in color.
In such case, the muscle-releasing, and urine-promoting
herbs should be used, to expel the Wetness Qi out of the
body through the sweat and urine, such as my Xuanjie Tang.
The Master’s Zhuling Tang, with removal of Ajiao, the
addition of Lianqiao, can also be used. If the Wetness-Hot
condition lasts for a long time, the person has the Yangming
sthenic condition, use Baihu Tang. The addition of Cangzhu
in it would make it work better. However, when I use this
Baihu Tang, I use the Huashi to replace the Zhimu, and/or
use the Yiyiren to replace the Genmi.
For the “if the person do not keep and save his valuable sex
liquid, he would have the Wen disease in spring”, though
indicated clearly in the book
Jing》, the symptoms of such Wen
disease are included in the Wind Wen disease and the Spring
Wen disease. The weak person is easy to get the common cold
(Wind-Cold invasion condition). The person with the Yin
deficiency is easy to get the Wen disease. For this reason,
no matter it is the Wind Wen disease or the Spring Wen
disease, if the person is with the Yin deficiency, among the
surface-expelling herbs, Fire-clearing herbs, and the
Falling herbs, use Yin-nourishing herbs too, such as
Shangyao, Shengdi, Xushen, Ajiao and Jizihuang (egg yolk),
etc. or use Qi-nourishing herbs, such as addition of Renshen
in the Baihu Tang, or the Renshen in the Zhuye ShiGao Tang.
When the Renshen is used with the cooling herbs, it works
not only to nourish the Qi, but also the Yin portion of the
The discussion about the Wen disease above, is only a
outline for its diagnosis and treatment. When meet a
patient, the treatment should still be modified according to
the person’s specific condition, as will be discussed in
later of this chapter. For the Yi disease, it is caused by
Xie Qi in the nature. It is infectious disease, different
from the Wen disease.
In the formula, the Bohe leaves (peppermint) should be the
fresh, young leaves. Its stem, should be used in Qi-harmonizing
formula. If use it for sweat therapy, its ability reduces
half. If its color is gray, not green, the healing power is
even less. If use the fresh and green leaves, 9 gram is
sufficient. Bohe is similar to the Bingpian (borneol) in its
odor. It is good as penetrating. Its power can reach the
organ and tendons inside, and skin and hair outside layer of
the body, so it is good to solve the pain in the tendons and
bones in the Wen disease. If you think that its odor is
light and floating, it can only create sweat in the skin,
you look down its ability.
That to remove the feet of Chantui (cicada slough) means to
remove its front big feet. The front feet are hard as steal,
with breaking ability. If use it for the treatment of eye
cateract or sovle ulcer, the Chantui with the front feet is
better. If use it for sweat, it is better to remove it,
since it is not good to have breaking function in the
surface-expelling herbs. Chantui is mild cooling and weak in
taste. It originally is not a sweat herb. Use it here for
sweat, is due to its “treat the shell layer disease by the
shell”. It is a smart herb in the sweat formula. It is
especially good to be used in person who is weak in body
condition and could not endure a strong sweating therapy.
When it is used in the Wen disease with hidden skin rash, it
is especially good to bring the skin rash out for healing.
The Shigao is mild cold in herbal nature. It has been
clearly indicated in the《Shennong
Though it is a stone material, it is actually functioning
calm. For its heavy in weight, 18 gram is only a small hand
amount. Its cooling power is about equal to 9 gram of Zhimu.
However, its Fire-clearing ability is doubled, for it can
cool and disperse. If we look at the formulas from later
doctors, upon the Yangming stage with the sthenic condition,
they started to use the Shigao 15 to 18 gram. How can we
believe that they know the ability of the Shigao! The Shigao,
however, should be used in original, non-processed form.
With the processed Shigao, 30 gram of it might cause danger
to the life. In addition, this formula is used for the
condition, in which the person has mild chilly feeling on
the back. It is the accumulation and sealing of Fire inside,
which cannot be distributed or dispersed to the outside, not
a real chilly condition. In the Baihu Tang condition, this
is a quite common phenomenon. In this case, the use of
Shigao can disperse the accumulated, the fold Fire out, to
solve the chilly feeling.
It might ask:
in the common cold, when the Xie Qi attacks the Taiyang
portion of the body, the person feels chilly. If the Xie Qi
penetrates into the Yangming stage/portion, the person will
have no chilly but Hot. In the spring and summer season, the
weather is hot, so, the when the outside Xie Qi attacks, it
will not vibrate with the Cold-Water meridian (Taiyang
portion) on the back, but vibrate with the Dryness Metal
(the Yangming portion of the body), and penetrate deep in
the Yangming meridian on the front of the body, so to cause
the Wen disease. This is the later time doctor to explain
the Wen disease. But in the outline of the Wen disease in
《Shan Han Lun》,
why it still calls the early stage of the Wen disease the
Taiyang stage? Answer: in the early stage of the Wen
disease, the Xie Qi is also in the Taiyang stage, only that
it penetrate very soon into the Yangming.
A man, 20 years of old, in a summer night, for cold night,
covered thin covering. He waked up due to cold, but due to
lazy, he did not cover more. Soon he was waked up again. In
the morning, he felt mild chilly. Upon the noon, he felt
very hot inside and outside of the body. He felt asthma and
short of breath. His pulse was waving, long the floating. He
was given the Qingjie Tang, with the change of the Shigao to
45 gram, and with addition of Niubangzi (fry, grind) 9 gram.
After drinking of the herbal tea, he got sweat and the
condition was cured. From this case, it is known that the
Xie Qi in the very beginning, is in the Taiyang stage, but
not stick there. The reason that the person felt cold is
that he had thin covering. The weather however is not cold,
so the Xie Qi, when attacks the body, does not focus or
stick to the Taiyang, but also in the Yangming. Also at that
time, the body is usually with more warm inside, so that the
Xie Qi moves into the inside Yangming sooner. However, what
we are talking about here is for the Wind Wen disease. If
the disease happens in the winter but shows up in the
spring, or shows up in the summer, they usually has nothing
to do with the Taiyang stage. So, in the book
it is specially indicated: the Wind Wen is clearly different
from the Spring Wen. In addition, the Xingren and Niubangzi
both can reducing the Lung Qi to solve asthma, but the
Xingren is warm and the Niubangzi is cold. For the asthma in
the Shanghan disease, use the Xingren, but in the Wen
disease, use the Niubangzi, since in the warm herbs are not
used in the Wen disease.
Letter from Mr. Song, Sanshan city, Zhili province:
In the spring of year 1925, a man came to the Tianjing city
to learn carpenter. Due to thin in the body condition and to
the hot weather, he got Wen disease and came for help. His
pulse was frequent and slippery. His tongue covering is
white and thick. He fell sleep from time to time. I gave him
the Qingjie Tang, in which the Shigao was 30 gram. For his
frequent pulse, added was the Xuanshen 15 gram. One dose
solved his disease.
A spring in a
year, Mr. Yu had all of his three daughter had Wen disease
with skin rashes. I went to him for visit. They all were
given the Qingjie Tang, with addition of Lianquiao, Shengdi
and Huashi, and all are cured. At that time, people suffered
the same condition were very risk in life. Only with this
formula I used, they got cured.
2. Liangjie Tang (Liang here means
cooling down; Jie means to solve and to cure)
This formula is used in Wen disease. The person feels hot
inside the body and on the body surface. The pulse is big
Bohe leaves (peppermint) 9 gram, Chuantui 6 gram (remove the
feet and soil), Shigao 30 gram (grind), and Gancao 4.5 gram.
For the Spring-Wen disease, usually the person would have
the hot inside and outside of the body very soon. It is even
more like this in Summer Wen disease. This has been
discussed before. For the Wind Wen disease, however, the
person would have such condition within two to three days.
The Liangjie Tang can solve all of such condition, after the
sweat created by the formula.
For the western
medicine, they commonly use Aspirin for the common cold.
Take one tablet of Aspirin with sugar, the person gets cured
after sweat. I tried it quite often too. Its ability to
create sweat is very strong. If the common cold can be cured
with the sweat therapy, use to create sweat and the disease
can be cured. The Liangjie Tang and the previous Qingjie
Tang, both can be replaced by the Aspirin, for its cooling
nature, which can disperse the Hot in the body. However, it
should not be used in the later Hanjie Tang, for the poor
ability of the Aspirin to clear the Fire.
3. Hanjie Tang (Han here means cold,
freeze; Jie means to solve, to clear.)
This formula is used for the condition, in which the person
feels very hot and fever in the body. The person feels Hot
and thirsty. His tongue is white and thick and tends to be
yellow in color. The pulse is waving and slippery. He feels
headache, and the whole body feels as tied to tightness.
Shigao 30 gram (grind), Zhimu 24 gram, Liangqiao 4.5 gram,
Chantui 4.5 gram (remove feet and soil).
It might be asked: this formula is a expelling formula. It
uses large amount of Shigao and Zhimu, but less Lianqiao and
Chantui, how it can create sweat? Answer: to use this
formula, it is very important that the condition and the
pulse must follow the indication of the formula. It is
indeed yes, the sweat can be created very soon, no worry
that it will not work. When the pulse is waving and
slippery, the person feels thirst, the Yangming sthenic Fire
is true, which is originally the indication for the Baihu
Tang. Only because the person still has slight headache and
the body surface feels some tightness, as there is some
amount of Xie Qi remaining in the Taiyang stage/portion. For
this reason, in the formula here, use large amount of Shigao
and Zhimu to clear the Stomach Fire, but use little amount
of Lianqiao and Chantui, for their ability to reach the body
surface, to bring the Fire in the stomach to the Taiyang
layer to develop into sweat. This is actually a formula to
harmony the Yin and Yang, to create sweat, not means to push
the body to create sweat. In addition, the Shigao is cold in
herbal nature, and its taste is mild spicy. The Shigao alone
can create the sweat in the sthenic Fire condition.
A youth, due to
long time labor work, got the Wen disease. He visited doctor
for half month without improvement. When I saw him, his eye
was white and could not see anything, had hands scattering
to touch stuff; his body moves randomly; chattering
randomly. He had diarrhea and slippery bowel movement. At
this movement, he though had no slippery diarrhea, but still
had diarrhea one to two times a day. His pulse was floating
and frequent. It was more floating on the righ Chun
position, but the pulse could be felt on both Chi position.
Since his eyes could no see anything, it indicated that his
Kidney Yin is to exhaust. Randomly touching and reaching
things by hands suggests that the Liver Wind started. His
condition has developed into very dangerous stage. It was
still lucky that, the pulse was still floating, suggesting
that the disease is still in the Taiyang stage. The strong
floating pulse on the right Chun position indicated that the
sweat was coming. The reason that he was to sweat but had no
sweat is that, for the sweat in the body is as the raining
in the nature between the sky and the ground. In the nature,
when the Yin and the Yang is in harmony, there will be the
rain. In the body, when the body Yin and body Yang is in
harmony, there will be the sweat. In his condition, the
pulse in the Chi Position was very weak, so the Yang had
raised but there was no response from the Yin, so how can a
sweat be developed? What is needed is to use herbs to
heavily supply more Yin. To nourish the Yin is so to let the
Yin to respond to the raised Yang, and so to create sweat.
For this consideration, in the herbal formula gave to him,
it contained Shoudi, Xuanshen, Ajiao, and Goujizi, all of
which weighted 180 to 210 grams. It was cooked as a big
bowl. He was asked to drink the tea gradually and slowly. He
drank two such doses for the same day. The next day, he got
heavy sweat and the condition was solved. You see, there is
actually no fixed principle for how to create sweat. It is
needed to pay attention to see if there is the deficiency in
the Yin and/or the Yang portion of the body; if yes, supply
the Yin and/or the Yang. Or, check the mechanism
contributing to the sweat, see which step(s) needs
correction and to correct it. All the ways could create
sweat healing. No need to only depend on the sweat-creating
herbs to create the sweat.
Comments: For the Shanhan disease and the Wen disease, it is
basically inhibited to use the sticky, oily herbs to nourish
the Yin, or the sweet-cooling herbs to clear the Fire, since
they may keep the Xie Qi in the body. Now, they are used to
help to create sweat, so as to expel the Xie Qi out. The
function of the herbs really depends on how you use them.
A man, 40 years of old, due to the Wind-Cold attack and to
seal the body surface, felt no sweat, agitated hot in the
chest with asthma and short of breath. Doctors gave him
Souzi Jiangqi Tang, with additional Wind-dispersing and
Fire-clearing herbs. After several doses, the condition was
worse. His pulse was waving, slippery and floating. He was
given the Hanjie Tang. Very soon he felt sweat on the upper
body. Very soon again, he felt the healing power moved down
to the Lower Jiao and the leg, to have sweat there too. The
disease was cured right away.
A man, 30 years of old, had the Wen disease. He visited
doctors, but none of them could help him. When I saw him,
his pulse was waving and strong, with little floating
feeling. Asked if he had headache, he said yes. Wish to
drink cold water? Answered yes, sometimes drank cold water,
but not too thirsty. It was considered that, though the
disease had last for a long time, the Yangming Hot had not
become sthenic yet. The Taiyang surface Xie Q had not either
been disappeared yet. He was given the Hanjie Tang. Very
soon he got sweat and the condition was cured.
A man, 30 years of old, got the Wind-Cold common cold in
winter. He felt chilly and no sweat. He felt agitated and
annoyed in the chest. It was originally the condition for Da
Qinglong Tang, but the doctor used Mahuang Tang. After drink
of the herbal tea, the person felt much more agitated and
annoyed to mad. His pulse was very big waving and slippery.
The pulses on the two Chun positions are floating,
especially on the right side. He was given the Hanjie Tang.
Very soon, he got heavy sweat and the condition was solved.
Clearly, the Hanjie Tang is not only suit for the Wen
disease, it is also suit for the Shanghan disease with such
A old man, 70 years of old, usually had exhausting
condition. With little attack of Wind-Cold, he would have
asthma. His condition was solved by giving the herbal
formula of Xiao
Qinglong Tang, with removal of Mahuang, but addition of
Xingren and Shigao. One year, after Lantern festival, due to
a heavy Wind-Cold attack again, his old disease recurred.
Within five to six days, his condition turned into the
Yangming stage. His pulse was string, long, floating and
frequent and strong when feel on it, but no waving or
slippery feeling (this is the pulse indicating the common
cold with the inside damage too). He was given the Hanjie
Tang, with addition of Dangshen 9 gram. One dose created
sweat for him and the asthma stopped. His pulse then still
showed the sign for Hot. He was then given the Baihu Jia
Renshen Tang, with the Shangyao to replace the Genmi. The
herbal tea was drunk three separated time. After finish the
drinking, the condition was solved.
A pregnant woman had Shanghan disease for two to three days.
Her pulse was very waving and slippery. Her spirit was
smearing and cloudy, with random chattering from time to
time. Her tongue covering was thick and white in color. She
was given the Hanjie Tang. There was another doctor on spot.
He asked the meaning of the herbal formula. I said: to
create sweat. He asked: would this formula create sweat to
solve the condition? I said: if this formula is used to such
condition, it will create sweat to cure. If use it as
regular sweat-creating formula, it may not work. After the
lady drank the herbal tea, very soon she got sweat and the
condition was cured.
A lady, 20 years of old, had Wen disease. She felt pain in
the throat, and her tongue moved not smoothly, almost hard
to talk. She felt hot in heart and thirsty, so she drank
water again and again. Her pulse was very deep and thin. The
body muscle didn’t feel hot. So, the pulse was neglected,
but followed the body conditions and gave her the Hanjie
Tang. After drink of the herbal tea, she got slight sweat,
the condition was slightly improved. The next morning, the
condition recurred the same as before, and the tongue was
much harder to move. It was known that, the herbal formula
was correct, but the power of the healing was not strong
enough. So, it was still used the Hanjie Tang, with the
amount of Shigao doubled. The herbal tea was drunk in two
times. She got slight sweat again. The condition was cured.
Comments: if the Shanhan disease is with deep and thin
pulse, the condition is usually a Yin condition. If the Wen
disease is with the deep and thin condition, it is usually a
Yang condition. The Wen disease is usually got in the winter
and shows up in spring. Its development is from the inside
to the outside. Some times, the disease is fold in inside
and not develop to the outside, the pulse will be as deep
and thin. If this condition is mis-diagnosed as a cold
condition, it will cause wrong healing result. For the case
here, the initial use of the Hanjie Tang is correct and
condition was to cure. In the next morning, the tongue was
harder, so the Shigao was doubled amount, the herbal tea was
drunk by separated twice, and the condition was cured. This
means: in the treatment of Shanghan disease or a Wen
disease, the herbal tea should be drunk several times, mimic
the ancient way of one-dose for three times; not all in
My student, Mr. Gao treated a woman, who was 70 years of
old. She had the Shanghan disease in an early spring. Within
three to four days, she felt very annoying hot. She had also
white diarrhea. The bowel movement was many times and her
pulse was waving, slippery and floating. Mr. Gao gave her
the Hanjie Tang, with additional of Baishao 9 gram. One dose
solved the Hot, and the diarrhea was also cured.
Dr. Wu Youke
said: “for the inside condition after bowel-cleansing
therapy, the pulse was mild frequent and the body was milk
hot, the mind might be somewhat cloudy. This is a condition,
in which the Xie Hot floats in the muscle and body surface,
there is no stagnation inside the body. Though no sweat, the
herbal formula of Baihu Tang should be used, so that the Xie
can be released through the sweat. If, after the
bowel-cleaning therapy, the pulse was hollow, weak and
frequent, and it is difficult to feel when pressed harder,
the herbal formula of Baihu Jia Renshen Tang should be used.
The condition would be solved very soon with the sweat
Comments: The formula of Baihu Tang or the Baihu Jia Renshen
Tang is not a surface-expelling formula. But, if used in a
correct way, even if it is used after a bowel-cleansing
therapy, it can create a sweat within short time, not to
speak of its use before the bowel-cleansing therapy. Not
only for this formula, even the Chengqi Tang, can also work
as a sweating therapy formula, depending on how it is used.
Again, Mr. Hong Jiren said: “I treated a perso with the Wen
disease for eight to nine days. I used Chaige Tang to expel;
the Huangqin and Huanglian to clear the fire; the Mangxiao
and Dahuang to clear the Xie from the stool, none had
worked. The person lost his consciousness already. He had
random touch and massage stuff. The condition was very
dangerous. I then used large dose of Dihuang Tang (it must
have removed the Gizhi and Fuzi from it), with addition of
Renshen and Maidong. No far away, the person had sweat all
of the body, and the dangerous condition was calm down and
returned the consciousness.
Comments: This case is similar to my use of Yin-nourishing
formula to create sweat. The difference is that it added
Renshen to nourish the Qi portion of the body. The
discussions above all are for the mechanism to create sweat.
If the readers can understand it, there should have no more
worry any longer.
Letter from Mr.
Li, Yanshan city, Zhili province:
Letter from Mr. Li, Tianjing city, had the Wen disease. He
tried the herbs from other doctors but no improvement. I
felt his pulse. It was strong when pressed slight or harder.
He felt hot on the body surface and inside. He was given
Hanjie Tang and got sweat whole of the body and the
condition was cured. So, I realized that, in the formula, to
use large amount of Shigao, Zhimu to clear the Fire, but use
little amount of Lianqiao and Chantui to bring the Hot to
the body surface, works marvelous than formula as Yinqiao
San and Sangju Yin, and so on. From this case, it is also
known that the non-processed Shigao is really a good herb
ingredient. After success in this case, later, whenever I
met the Shanhan or Wen disease in a sthenic condition, I
never not followed this formula to use large amount of
Shigao. Also, if the condition is sthenic in the Hot, but
asthenic in the pulse, I always used the Baihu Jia Renshen
Tang, or use the Baihu Jia Renshen Tang, with the Shanyao to
replace the Genmi Tang. It always works well.
Letter from Mr. Song, Yanshan city, Zhili province:
In a winter of
a year, the daughter of Mrs. Guo had Shanghan disease. She
had very hot condition within three to four days of the
disease. She had red face and strong breath. Her all pulses
were waving and frequent, with random chattering from time
to time. She was given the Hanjie Tang. For her feeling of
fullness in the chest, herb Gualuren 30 gram was added. One
dose solved her problem.
4. Shigao Aspirin Tang
This formula is used to treat the same condition as above
Shigao 60 gram (grind), Aspirin one tablet.
First, drink the Aspirin with white sugar water for swallow.
Cook the Shigao to collect one big bowl of herbal tea. When
the body has sweat, drink the Shigao tea two third, to help
the function of the Aspirin for sweat. After the sweat stops
for two to three hours, and when the person still feel
little hot in the body, drink the remaining Shigao tea over.
If the person still feels some hot, cook another dose of the
Shigao as tea, or with addition of little Genmi in it. Drink
the tea gradually and slowly until the hot disappears
completely. No need to take more Aspirin.
In addition: this herbal formula can not only replace the
Hanjie Tang, but also the Liangjie Tang. In the later case,
reduce the Shigao to half amount.
Letter from Mr. Wang, Pingtai city,
My small son,
in a time in the later summer and early autumn, had sudden
big hot. He lost spirit, closed eyes and hard to feed him.
My parents feared a lot. I, for knowing what it might be,
said: “No worry”. I used the Shigao Aspirin Tang in your
book, following the original requirement for the use. After
drink the tea, my son restored his mind and the fever
disappeared. On the noon the next day, he felt hot again. I
so dared to use the same formula again. For his cough and
heavy phlegm, I added herb Banxia and Niubangzi to the
formula. After drink of the second formula, all conditions
5. Hejie Tang
This formula is used for the hotness and fever in both body
surface and inside organs. He person has sweat from time to
time. The tongue covering is white, and the pulse is
floating and slippery.
Lianqiao 15 gram, Chantui 6 gram (remove feet and soil),
Shigao 18 gram (grind), Baishao 15 gram, and Gancao 3 gram.
If the pulse is
floating and slippery, with waving feeling, the Shigao
should be added to 30 gram.
6. Xuanjie Tang (Xuan here means to
disperse, to expel in Chinese; Jie means to solve.)
This formula is used for the stick of Xie Qi in the Taiyang
stage/portion, so that the Hot is accumulated in the urine
bladder. The urine is red and rough. Or, due to the reduce
in the urine, the stool is slippery and diarrhea. The
formula also solve the early stage of Wetness Wen disease,
in which the person felt chilly and strong hotness, with
tongue covering as grey, slippery and oily.
Huashi 30 gram, Gancao 6 gram, Lianqiao 9 gram, Chantui 9
gram (remove feet and soil), Baishao 12 gram. If the person
has slippery stool, double the amount of Gancao.
A man, 65 years
of old, had Wind Wen disease. Within six to seven days, he
had swelling all over the body. His kidney was big as a
water melon. He tried several herbal therapy but failed.
After tens of day, he came to me for medical help. His pulse
was waving, slippery and slight floating. He felt hot in
heart and thirsty. His urine was rough and hot. He had lots
of phlegm, with slight asthma. His tongue covering was white
and thick. He was given this formula, with addition of
Shigao as 30 gram. After drinking of the herbal tea, he got
mild sweat all over the body, with urine smooth and the
swelling was reduced to half, but he still felt hot and
thirsty. So the Shigao was doubled. He got mild sweat again,
and swelling disappeared and the other symptoms all
is a Wind Wen disease. Its Hot has past from the Taiyang
meridian to the urine bladder organ, to block the water
tract, as well as the Yangming Stomach condition is to be
sthenic. From this case, it can be seen that, to say that
the Wen disease goes to the hand meridian, not to the feet
meridian, is how wrong!
7. Ziyin Xuanjie Tang (here, Ziyi means
to nourish the Yin portion of the body).
This formula is
used for Wen disease. The Xie Qi in the Taiyang stage has
not been solved, and it moves into the Yangming stage
gradually. The person usually has Stomach Yin deficiency and
the Yangming condition has not became sthenic yet. He feels
dryness and thirsty, drinks a lot of water. Due to the large
amount of water drinking, which can not be metabolized, so
cause slippery diarrhea, which again makes the thirsty
worse. The person may have cough, or sweat, or short of
urination. Such condition is more among the Wen Zhen disease
(Zhen here means skin rash condition). It belongs to a
dangerous condition, which needs this formula.
This formula is the same as the previous Xuanjie Tang, but
with addition of Shanyao 30 gram, and Gancao as 9 gram.
This is a condition, in which the Stomach and the urine
bladder both have Hotness, as well as asthenic Fire. The
herb Huashi is similar to the Shigao in herba nature. It can
clear the Stomach Fire, to open the body openings, and to
clear the urine bladder fire too. When used with the Gancao,
it can create water, to clear the Yin deficient Fire. One
herb has three function, so it is the king ingredient in the
formula. The large amount of Shanyao is to nourish the True
Yin, to seal the Yuan Qi, so used as a helper. In addition,
when the Shanyao is used as non-processed form, its juice is
sticky, together with the sweet-buffering nature from the
Gancao, can hold the Huashi in the stomach, make the Huashi
from the stomach to the spleen, from spleen to the lung, to
distribute water all over the body.
When the water goes into the urine bladder through the
three Jiao, the annoying Hot is solved, the urine is smooth,
and the slippery stool stops. With the use of Lianqiao and
Chantui, which are good at expelling Xie Qi to the body
surface, can solve the remaining Xie Qi in the Taiyang
stage, to make the accumulated Fire in the bladder not tied
by the invading Xie Qi, so as to make the inside Hotness
easier to disperse. In addition, for the Chan, the cicada,
it only drinks but not eats. It has urine but no stool. So,
its shell (the Chantui) can make the urine smooth and to
stop stool. After I come into the health area, I have met
numerous such cases. Doctors usually feel hard to solve such
clinic challenge. When use this formula, no case was not
solved. It is even more suit in the treatment of the Wen
Zhen disease with such urine-stool condition. In this later
case, the additional benefit for the Lianqiao and Chantui is
that they are also good choice to expel the Xie Qi and to
solve the skin rashes.
A woman, 70 years of old, had swelling all over the body. I
have tried treatment for her for little bit more than one
month. The swelling was over, but the body condition was not
completely covered. In a spring, she suddenly had Wen
disease. She felt annoying Hot. The family prepared fresh
herb Digupi tea and let her to drink, the slippery diarrhea
became endless, and annoying hot was worse. Her pulse was
floating, slippery and frequent. It felt weak when pressed
harder. The family thought that her condition would have no
way to help, for her old age, long time of disease, annoying
hot in the Upper Jiao and endless diarrhea. However I
insisted it might be helped. She was given the Ziyin Xuanjie
Tang. One dose stopped her diarrhea and the annoying Hot was
also reduced. Later, the Baihu Jia Renshen Tang, with
Shanyao to replace the Genmi was used. She was asked to
drink the herbal tea gradually and slowly to prevent
diarrhea. Upon finish the herbal tea, the condition was
A young girl, not married, had Wind-Hot invasion common
cold. She had silent skin rashes all over the body. She felt
annoyed thirsty and slippery diarrhea, with asthma. Her
pulse was floating, frequent but weak. I have considered for
a long time for her condition and finally decided to use the
Ziyin Xuanjie Tang. Two doses solved the problem.
use the Ziyin Xuanjie Tang, the person can not have big
sweat, and should have no big sweat either, for the Yin
portion is not sufficient. Sometimes, the patient may cure
without any sweat.
8. Ziyin Qingzao Tang.
This formula treats the same condition as previous Ziyin
Xuanjie Tang. The surface Xie Qi has been solved, the person
may have no diarrhea, my have asthma, or have cough and spit
phlegm. The condition indeed belongs to the sthenic Fire,
and the pulse is asthenic frequent.
For the Ziyin Xuanjie Tang condition, after use the Ziyin
Xuanjie Tang, the person still has remaining Hotness, use
this Ziyin Qingzao Tang formula.
This formula is the same as the Ziyin Xuanjie Tang in
gradients, but with removal of Lianqiao and Chantui.
A woman had pregnant for five months. She occasionally had
Shanghan disease. Within three to four months, she had
abortion. She felt annoying thirsty in the Upper Jiao, had
asthma and long moaning and groaning. The phlegm was a lot
with frequent spit. She visited doctors for help, no
improvement and had additional slippery diarrhea, ten times
a day. The previous doctor refused to continue the treatment
and said that the patient was in very dangerous condition.
The family felt very scared and asked me to have a look. Her
pulse seemed waving and slippery, but felt very weak upon
harder press, especially on the two Chi positions. From
beginning, I decided to use Ziyin Qingzao Tang, but
considering that she had had abortion for only four to five
days, I dared no to use Cold herbs. So, I used first of all
the Shanyao 60 gram, sour Shiliu ( pomegranate) one, which
was chop and grinded into mud. The two were cooked and one
big bowl herbal tea was collected. The patient was asked to
drink the tea with tree separate times. The slippery
diarrhea stopped. Then her pulse became waving, slippery and
sthenic. I thought that, this condition was asthenic, but
indeed was with out-invading sthenic condition too. Without
removal other invading Xie Qi, how could other condition be
solved? At that time, it was 3 pm. The patient said that,
once at this time of the day, she would feel hot, and very
tired, but hard to fall into sleep day or night. So, the
next day, the Ziyin Qingzao Tang was used, in which the
Shanyao was used 45 gram. The herbal tea was drunk slowly
and gradually, one mouth each time, for the reason that, she
was in after abortion, the body was weak, and it was not
desired to let the herbs go down the uterus. At that time,
she had a good sleep, the thirsty and diarrhea stopped, and
the asthma and cough reduced to half too. So, in the
following formula, the Shanyao and Huashi were reduced half,
with addition of Longgu 24 gram, and Muli 24 gram. One dose
solved the condition remained.
One girl, not married, had Shanghan disease for twenty days
about. She was very slim, with cloudy mind. She felt hot in
the afternoon, had cough and asthma. Doctors refused to
treat her. Her pulse was frequent to seven times per breath
circle, and it was very weak so as hard to feel. I
considered that, if her condition was due to long time
disease suffering, it might be hard really to help her.
However, this is a sudden disease, the life root should have
not been damaged yet. So, She was given the Ziyin Qingzao
tang anyway, with reduction of the Huashi half, and with
addition of Xuanshen and Shoudi 30 gram, each and with wild
Taishen 15 gram. She was asked to drink the herbal tea
gradually and slowly. After finish the drink, the herbal
residue was re-cooked to collected the second tea and to let
her to drink it again the same way. Within two days, she
drank three doses. The Huashi was reduced to 6 gram. Then
her condition was really cured.
Comments: in this case, the Huashi was not removed
completely, for the consideration that, at the end of the
Shanghan disease, the Xie Qi might remain in some extent.
Also for fearing that a nourishing herb might keep the Xie
Qi in the body,
the Huashi was used to direct the herb healing effect down,
to create an opening to the Xie Qi in the lower part of the
body. Also, whenever the herbs are a lot, it must be cooked
for more cups and drink it gradually. This is true in the
life saving therapy, especially if the condition is with Yin
The mother of Mr. Ji was 70 years of old. She was very slim
and thin in the body condition. She had poor digestion
function, hard to digest grain food, so she could only drink
cow’s milk, or little rice soup from time to time. She had
lied on the bed for two years and even hard to sit up. In an
autumn, she had Wen disease. At that time, I was in the
Fengtian city. The family came from Jingzhou city to me for
help. When I saw her, her pulse was thin and frequent. It
felt slight strong when pressed harder. She had hot and
cough, spit stick phlegm, had cloudy mind, and very weak
breath. She was given the Ziyin Qingzao Tang, with the use
of only half amount of Huashi, and with addition of Xuanshen
15 gram. One dose reduced the disease to half level. The
herbal residue was re-cooked again to have second herbal
tea, which was drunk with addition of one egg yolk. After
drink, the whole condition was solved.
A child, lived in Fengtian city, was 4 years of old. He had
Wen disease with the Xie Qi still remained in the body
surface. The doctor did not know to use light-expelling
herbs, but used bitter-cold herbs. After drink of the herbal
tea, the child got slippery diarrhea which did not stop
after four to five days. He felt annoying Hot in the Upper
Jiao, closed eyes and had asthma, had cloudy mind. When I
saw him, I thought that, the condition was indeed very
dangerous, but the pulse was still with root, so it was
known that there was chance to save him. He was given the
Ziyin Qingjie Tang, which was cooked for one big tea cup.
For the child was very young, he was given to drink slowly.
The condition was much improved. Due to long time loss of
the Yin portion of the body, he had remaining asthenic Fire.
In the following herbal formula, herb Shanyao 30 gram,
Xuanshen 30 gram was used. Tow doses solved the asthenic
Fire. Usually, when doctor meet such condition, to clear the
Dryness-Hotness, the slippery diarrhea would be worse; to
nourish the slippery diarrhea, the Dryness-Hotness would be
worse. Only with this formula here, Shanyao can stop the
slippery diarrhea, and can also nourish the Yin and to clear
the Hot; The Huashi can clear the Dryness-Hotness, to
promote smooth urine and to stop diarrhea. The combination
of these two can help each other in such condition. The
Shaoyao can nourish the Yin blood, to promote urine. The
Gancao is to harmony the Yin and Yang, to harmony the Middle
Part of the body. It is also a main ingredient to clear fire
and to stop diarrhea. All come together, makes the formula
work very well. I have used this formula saved a lot of
patients, even if their condition was very dangerous.
Mr. Liu, in Fengtian city, was 25 or 26 years of old. He got
Shanghan disease in a winter. After treatment, he had
endless slippery diarrhea. He felt annoying and agitating
hot in the Upper Jiao, had cloudy mind, random chattering
from time to time. His pulse was waving and frequent, but
not strong when pressed hard. In the formula give to him,
wee Shanyao 45 gram, Huashi 30 gram, Baishao 18 gram, and
Gancao 9 gram. One dose solved the diarrhea. His Upper Jiao
hotness, and random chattering remained. So, Xuanshen and
Shashen were used to clear the Hotness. Then the diarrhea
recurred. Use the previous formula again, the diarrhea
stopped again, but the Hotness became worse and the mind was
much more cloudy and loss consciousness. At the time, the
whole family came together, all of which believed there was
no way to help. When I felt his pulse, his pulse was though
not sthenic, but still with root. The pulse was though
frequent, but not exceeded six times per breath circle. So,
I predicted that his condition might have chance to save. I
told the family: “if you believe the herbs might work, there
would have chance to save.” The family seems understand
some. The herbs used was the Baihu Jia Renshen Tang, with
Shanyao 30 gram to replace Genmi, Shengdi 30 gram to replace
Zhimu. The herbal tea was asked to drink with warm, one
mouth once. It was requested to finish the drink within six
hours. After finish the drink, the condition was solved.
A child, with family name of Qian, was 4 years of old. He
had burning hot and slippery diarrhea. He was saved by use
of Ziyin Qingzao Tang.
Letter from Mr. Yang, Tieling city, Fengtian province:
I treated a patient, Mrs. Li, with bloating condition. She
had been treated by other doctors by using Cangzhu, Binglang,
Houpo, Zhishi, Xiangfu and Zikou, etc, such
spicy-dryness-break herbs. In
the beginning, it worked somehow. After seven to
eight doses, the condition became worse. The lady felt
annoying and agitating thirst, and slippery diarrhea. She
was changed to other doctor. She was given the Zipu Hubo
Wan. The annoying thirsty was worse and the diarrhea was 15
to 16 times a day. Upon the send visit, that doctor also
refused to treat her any longer. The family tried further
more doctors, none accept the invitation to treat her. She
later became almost to die. She was left on the bed to wait
to die. Her relatives knew me and pushed me to have a look.
Her pulse was as floating grass over the water, hard to
count. It could not be felt when pressed harder, but seems
there was root on the two Chi positions. Her speak was not
clear, but still could identify the talk. She said she felt
very thirsty in the heart, but little bit drink could make
her very much pain. She did not eat anything for three days.
She was given Ziyin Qingzao Tang. For her pulse was very
weak, and there was a tendency to escape, added wild Taishen
and Shanyurou. One dose solved the condition and she could
eat. Then, she was given the single Shanyao formula, with
herb Jineijin powder and western medicine Baibushen (?), for
its advantage as both medication and food. Together with the
previous formula with some modification, one day one dose to
drink. After ten days, the condition was completely cured.
9. Ziyin Guxia Tang (Ziyin means to
nourish the Yin, in Chinese; Guxia means to hold or to fix,
or to seal the Lower Jiao of the body).
If the person drunk the previous herbs, the invading Xie
Fire has been cleared, but the person still feels thirsty
and remains some diarrhea. Or, due to take of breaking herbs
so as damaged the Qi portion of the body, the person has
endless slippery diarrhea. Or, the person has asthma, or has
cough, or has sweat, or has palpitation, all need to drink
Shanyao 45 gram, Shoudi 45 gram, wild Taishen 24 gram,
Huashi 15 gram, Baishao 15 gram, Gancao 6 gram, sour Shiliu
(pomegranate) one (break with the peel).
Cook the sour Shiliu first for ten boiling, remove the
residue, add the remaining herbal ingredients in and
continue the cook. The collected herbal tea was separated
into two parts. Drink the tea two times. If there was no
sour Shiliu, use Muli 30 gram. If the sweat is heavy, add
Shanyurou (remove kernel), 18 gram.
treatment of the Shanghan and Wen disease, it is forbidden
to use Qi-breaking herbs. If there is pain in the upper or
side of abdomen, add Ruxiang, Moyao, Chuanlianzi, or Danshen
in the formula. If there is pain in the abdomen, add Shaoyao.
All can stop the pain. If due to the Xie Qi in the body
surface not expelled, which fold the body to cause stagnated
Fire to cause the pain, surface-expelling and Fire-clearing
therapy will solve the pain naturally. If the Binglang,
Qingpi, and Yujin were mis-used, so as to damage the Big Qi
in the Chest, the Wind-Cold will invade the body to cause
Jie Xiong condition. Even if the Xie Qi has penetrated deep
into the Yangming or Taiyin stage, but the condition is not
sthenic yet, the use of Qi-breaking herbs and the Cold herbs
together would cause slippery diarrhea and much more
problems. I have seen such wrong conditions many times and
feel very sorry for the current healthcare society. So, if
the Qi-breaking herbs cause the Jiexiong condition, I set up
the Dang Xiong Tang to save the mistake; if it causes
slippery diarrhea, use the formula here, the Ziyin Guxia
Tang to solve the mistake (diarrhea). However, if the
mistake is not so severe, it is possible to correct it, but
if it is too big mistake, and the person is really in
dangerous condition, it would hard to correct it.
10 Youlong Tang
This formula is used for person, who has accumulated Fire in
the chest before, but now attacked by out-coming Xie Qi. The
inside Fire was sealed or folded by the invading Xie Qi,
cannot be released. The person feels annoyed and agitated
from time to time, he may have asthma, or chest pain and his
pulse is waving and slippery and long.
Lianqiao 30 gram, Shigao 18 gram (grind), Chantui 6 gram
(remove feet and soil), Niubangzi 6 gram (fry and grind).
For asthma, double the amount of Niubangzi; for chest pain,
add Danshen 9 gram, and Moyao 9 gram, for pain in the side
of abdomen, add Chaihu 9 gram, and Chuanlianzi 9 gram.
The disease condition suits for this formula is the same as
the Da Qinglong Tang condition in the book《Shang Han Lun》.
However, the Da Qinglong Tang is used for Shanghan disease,
and the Youlong Tang here is used for Wen disease. For
Shanghan disease, if the annoying and agitating feeling is
too strong in the chest, this formula can also be used, so
it is called Youlong Tang (You here means “similar as”; the
Long means the Da Qinglong Tang.)
A man, 70 years of old, has a long history of chronic
disease. In a winter, due to attack by Shanghan disease, his
chronic disease recurred. He has asthma and cough. Within
two to three days, he had a lot of phlegm, and felt very
annoying Hot in the Upper Jiao. His pulse was floating and
frequent. He was treated with the Youlong Tang, with
addition of Xuanshen 12 gram, and Dangshen 12 gram. One dose
created sweat to him and his condition was solved.
My student, Mr.
Liu, treated a man, 40 years of old. Due to invading Xie Qi,
he had asthma and lots of phlegm. Within four to five days,
his pulse was waving and slippery, and his tongue covering
was white and slight yellow in color. Mr. Liu gave him the
Youlong Tang, with Shigao 30 gram, Lianqiao 9 gram. One dose
created sweat in the body and the invading hotness reduced,
bu the asthma was not completely solved. His pulse then was
calm as normal, with slight weak. So he used Conglong Tang,
with removal of Souzi, but with addition of Dangshen 9 gram.
After drink of the herbal tea, the asthma stopped.
When I heard this news, I was happy:
the asthma due to Xie Qi invasion is mostly treated
with Xiao Qinglong Tang. My Youlong Tang is originally to
replace the Da Qinglong Tang, now it can also replace the
Xiao Qinglong Tang. This is beyond my expect. With
modification of the amount of herbal ingredients, it worked
so fantastic. Apparently, the merit of an herbal formula
depends on the people who use it and how to use it. Smart
people know how to adjust it in actual clinic situation.
herb Lianqiao is originally not a sweat-creating herb. In
the various herbal books, there is no any indication that it
can create sweat. Only if the person has inside hot, and if
it is used up to 30 gram, the person will have sweat. Its
sweating power is long and calm. For its calm sweating, not
to be as a big ocean of sweat; for its long effect, drink it
before go to bed, the person can have mild sweat all over
the night to loss muscle. It can also work to release the
Liver stagnated Qi, to reduce the sthenic Lung Qi. If only
know that it is a main herb for cure of skin rash and ulcer,
it means you do not understand it yet. When use the Lianqiao
for sweat, it must be the green-blue one. The young lianqiao
is green and the old one is yellow. When a plant is in
young, it bears growing power. So the Lianqiao for sweat,
must be the green one.