This formula is for the treatment of a wind heat external invasion exterior pattern in a person with a righteous qi vacuity and liver depression qi stagnation. There may also be phlegm nodulation and/or heat toxins.
In terms of disease diagnosis, this formula is for common cold with possible bronchitis. This formula is also often indicated for postpartum fevers and flus and for recurrent fevers, sore throat, and swollen glands in people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
The symptoms of wind heat external invasion exterior pattern are primarily:
- sore throat
- fever with light sweating
- alternating fever and chills
- lack of appetite
Phlegm nodulation is evidenced by:
- swollen, painful glands
- more pronounced sore throat
- possible purulence of the tonsillar membranes
- higher fever
Qi vacuity means primarily spleen qi vacuity evidenced by:
- lack of appetite
- lack of strength in the four limbs
- a tendency towards loose stools
Liver depression qi stagnation is evidenced by:
- abdominal or breast distention and pain
- red, painful eyes
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