HERB FORMULAS

English: Ephedra, Apricot Kernel, Gypsum and Licorice Decoction
Also Known As: Ma Huang and Apricot Seed Combination
Decoction of Ephedra, Armeniacae, Gypsum and Licorice
Ma Xing Gan Shi Tang
Ma Huang Xing Ren Shi Gao Gan Cao Tang
Pharmaceutical Latin
Pin Yin
Dosage
Actions
Hb. Ephedrae Ma Huang 4-12g Strong diaphoretic, ventilates Lung Qi and stops wheezing.
With Xing Ren, for cough and wheezing due to Wind-Cold Attacks the Lungs.
With Shi Gao and Xing Ren, for cough from Heat Obstructing the Lungs with wheezing, flaring of the nostrils and fever and Wind-edema.
Sm. Armeniacae Xing Ren 1-18g Disperses Lung Qi, stops cough and wheezing and resolves Phlegm.
With Ma Huang and Shi Gao, for Excess cough and wheezing with Lung Heat.
Gypsum Fibrosum Shi Gao 10-48g Clears Lung Heat, nourishes the Body Fluids and stops thirst.
With Ma Huang, for cough from Heat Obstructing the Lungs with wheezing, flaring of the nostrils and fever and Wind-edema.
With Ma Huang, Xing Ren and Zhi gan Cao, for Lung Heat with cough and asthma.
Rx. Glycyrrhizae Preparata Zhi Gan Cao 1-6g Harmonizes, tonifies Qi, moistens the Lungs, clears Heat, detoxifies, resolves Phlegm and stops cough.
With Ma Huang and Xing Ren, for Wind-Cold Attacks the Lungs with coughing and/or wheezing.
With Shi Gao and Xing Ren, for Cough due to Lung Heat.
  • Disperses Wind-Heat
  • Stops Asthma
  • Clears the Lungs
  • Descends Qi
  • Wind-Heat Attacks the Lungs
  • Wind-Cold Transformed into Heat
  • Wen Bing - Qi Stage Lung Heat
  • Cough with thick sticky, yellow sputum
  • Sore, red, swollen throat
  • Thirst, with desire to drink cold liquids
  • Runny or blocked nose with thick yellow discharge
  • Vertigo
  • Dry throat
  • Dizziness
  • Fever with or without perspiration
  • Slight chills
  • Aversion to Wind
  • Headache
  • Dyspnea with flared nostrils and pain
  • Fidgeting
  • Labored breathing
  • Asthma
  • Shortness of breath
  • Spontaneous perspiration
  • Flushed face
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Restlessness
  • Facial edema
  • T: Red
  • C: Yellow or White
  • P: Superficial and rapid or Slippery and rapid
CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated for those with asthma due to Wind-Cold.
  • Contraindicated when the pathogen lingers due to Qi Deficiency.
  • Contraindicated for children and the elderly with general weakness.
  • Contraindicated for those convalescing from chronic illness.
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS
For Excess Heat: For recalcitrant asthma:
+ Flos Lonicerae Jin Yin Hua + Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum Zhi Ban Xia
+ Fr. Forsythiae Lian Qiao + Fr. Trichosanthis Gua Lou
+ Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin + Per. Citri Reticulatae Chen Pi
+ Hb. Houttuyniae Yu Xing Cao + Fr. Aurantii Immaturus Zhi Shi
+ Fol. Isatidis Da Qing Ye Rz. Zingiberis Recens Sheng Jiang
For asthma or cough with profuse Phlegm:
For chills and anhidrosis:
+ Fr. Perillae Zi Su Zi + Hb. Schizonepetae Jing Jie
+ Sm. Lepidii/ Descurainiae Ting Li Zi + Hb. Menthae Bo He
For sinus inflammation or bronchial asthma:
+ Sm. Sojae Preparata Dan Dou Chi
+ Pheretima Di Long
For dyspnea:
For thick yellow sputum:
+ Sm. Lepidii/ Descurainiae Ting Li Zi
+ Fr. Trichosanthis Gua Lou + Fol. Eriobotryae Pi Pa Ye
+ Bul. Fritillariae Thunbergii Zhe Bei Mu
For erupted or unerupted measles with fever, thirst, cough and labored breathing:
or
+ Fol. Isatidis Da Qing Ye
+ Fr. Trichosanthis Gua Lou + Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin
+ Bul. Fritillariae Thunbergii Zhe Bei Mu + Fr. Forsythiae Lian Qiao
+ Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin
For high fever, asthma and cough:
For weak or elderly patients:
+ Rz. Anemarrhenae Zhi Mu
+ Rx. Astragali Huang Qi + Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin
+ Rx. Ginseng Ren Shen + Fr. Trichosanthis Gua Lou Ren
+ Tub. Ophiopogonis Mai Men Dong
For asthma with sweating due to Lung Heat:
For asthma without sweat due to Lung Heat:
+ 5x as much Gypsum / Shi Gao as Ephedra / Ma Huang
+ 3x as much Gypsum / Shi Gao as Ephedra / Ma Huang
For measles with with fever, dyspnea, and flared nostrils:
For stifling sensation in the chest with cough and profuse sputum:
+ Rx. Arnebiae/ Lithospermi Zi Cao
+ Sm. Lepidii Ting Li Zi + Stigma Croci Fan Hong Hua
+ Cx. Mori Sang Ba Pi
For Excess cough and dyspnea:
+ Fr. Trichosanthis Gua Lou + Cx. Mori Sang Bai Pi
For cough with sputum:
+ Cx. Lycii Di Gu Pi
+ Rx. Platycodi Jie Geng
For Blood in the sputum:
For fever, accelerated respiration, a thin yellow tongue coat and a rapid pulse:
+ Rz. Imperatae Bai Mao Gen
+ Fol. Perillae Zi Su Ye + Cacumen Platycladi Ce Bai Ye
+ Fol. Mori Sang Ye For a high fever:
+ Pheretima Di Long + Flos Lonicerae Jin Yin Hua
+ Cx. Mori Sang Bai Pi + Fr. Forsythiae Lian Qiao
For edema of the face and ankles:
For chest pain:
+ Sm. Lepidii/ Descurainiae Ting Li Zi + Per. Trichosanthis Gua Lou Pi
+ Sm. Plantaginis Che Qian Zi + Fr. Luffae Retinervus Si Gua Lou
For cough:
For Wind-Cold with Internal Heat:
+ Cx. Mori Sang Bai Pi + 12g Fol. Eriobotryae Pi Pa Ye
+ Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin + 9g Rx. Platycodi Jie Geng
For Wind-Cold with Internal Heat and severe muscle aches:
+ 9g Rx. Saposhnikoviae Fang Feng
+ 9g Cx. Mori Sang Bai Pi
+ 12g Fol. Eriobotryae Pi Pa Ye + 9g Rx. Peucedani Qian Hu
+ 9g Rx. Platycodi Jie Geng + 9g Fr. Gardeniae Zhi Zi
+ 9g Rx. Saposhnikoviae Fang Feng + 9g Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin
+ 9g Cx. Mori Sang Bai Pi + 9g. Hb. Schizonepetae Jing Jie
+ 9g Rx. Peucedani Qian Hu
For Wind-Cold with Internal Heat and constipation:
+ 9g Fr. Gardeniae Zhi Zi
+ 9g Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin + 12g Fol. Eriobotryae Pi Pa Ye
+ 9g. Hb. Schizonepetae Jing Jie + 9g Rx. Platycodi Jie Geng
+10g Ram. Cinnamomi Gui Zhi + 9g Rx. Saposhnikoviae Fang Feng
+ 12g Fol. Perillae Zi Su Ye + 9g Cx. Mori Sang Bai Pi
For patients who are generally weak:
+ 9g Rx. Peucedani Qian Hu
+ Less Gypsum Fibrosum Shi Gao + 9g Fr. Gardeniae Zhi Zi
+ 9g Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin
+ Cx. Mori Sang Bai Pi + 9g. Hb. Schizonepetae Jing Jie
For acute bronchitis:
+ 3g Rx.et Rz. Rhei Da Huang
+ Minor Sinking into the Chest Decoction
Xiao Xian Xiong Tang
For chronic bronchitis:
+ Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin
For chronic bronchitis with Phlegm-Heat:
+ Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum Zhi Ban Xia
+ Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin + Rx. Curcumae Yu Jin
+ Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum Zhi Ban Xia
For chronic bronchitis with constipation:
+ Rx. Curcumae Yu Jin + Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin
+ Hb. Houttuyniae Yu Xing Cao + Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum Zhi Ban Xia
+ Flos Lonicerae Jin Yin Hua + Rx. Curcumae Yu Jin
For chronic bronchitis with Qi Deficiency:
+ Fr. Trichosanthis Gua Lou
+ Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin + Rx. et Rz. Rhei Da Huang
+ Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum Zhi Ban Xia
For chronic bronchitis with damaged Yin:
+ Rx. Curcumae Yu Jin + Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin
+ Rx. Astragali Huang Qi + Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum Zhi Ban Xia
+ Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae Bai Zhu + Rx. Curcumae Yu Jin
+ Rx. Ophiopogonis Mai Men Dong
For pneumonia in children:
+ Rx. Pseudostellariae Tai Zi Shen
+ Indigo Naturalis Qing Dai
For pneumonia in children with rapid breathing and profuse sputum:
+ Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin
For pertussis (as a syrup):
+ Indigo Naturalis Qing Dai
+ Rx. Stemonae Bai Bu + Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin
+ Sm. Descuraniae/ Lepidii Ting Li Zi + Fr. Perillae Zi Su Zi
+ Sm. Raphani Lai Fu Zi
+ Fr. Jujube Da Zao + Pheretima Di Long
+ Maltosum Yi Tang
For cough with dyspnea:
For asthma:
+ Sm. Descuraniae/ Lepidii Ting Li Zi
+ Hb. Houttuyniae Yu Xing Cao
+ Fr. Perillae Zi Su Zi
or
For severe asthma:
+ Spina Gleditsiae Zao Jiao Ci
+ Hb. Houttuyniae Yu Xing Cao + Cx. Mori Sang Bai Pi
+ Fr. Perillae Zi Su Zi
or
+ Sm. Raphani Lai Fu Zi + Arisaema cum Bile Dan Nan Xing
+ Rz. Belamcandae She Gan + Rx. Peucedani Qian Hu
+ Pheretima Di Long
For asthma with Phlegm:
For asthma with Heat:
+ Hb. Houttuyniae Yu Xing Cao
+ Hb. Houttuyniae Yu Xing Cao + Fr. Perillae Zi Su Zi
+ Fr. Perillae Zi Su Zi + Concretio Bambusae Silicea Tian Zhu Huang
+ Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin
+ Rx. Trichosanthis Tian Hua Fen + Arisaema cum Bile Dan Nan Xing
For asthma with a dry cough and little sputum:
+ Caulis Bambusae in Taeniam Zhu Ru
+ Hb. Houttuyniae Yu Xing Cao
+ Fr. Perillae Zi Su Zi
For fever with Heat and Toxins:
+ Rx. Adenophorae/ Glehniae Sha Shen + Flos Lonicerae Jin Yin Hua
+ Fr. Forsythiae Lian Qiao
+ Rz. Polygonati Odorati Yu Zhu + Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin
For fever with cough:
For fever with diarrhea:
+ Rx. Platycodi Jie Geng + Rz. Coptidis Huang Lian
For acute pharyngitis:
For nasosinusitis:
+ Rx. Isatis Ban Lan Gen + Rx. Angelicae Dahuricae Bai Zhi
+ Fr. Forsythiae Lian Qiao
+ Hb. Taraxaci Pu Gong Ying + Fr. Xanthii Cang Er Zi
For cough due to Lung Heat:
+ Flos Magnoliae Xin Yi Hua
+ 6g Hb. Houttuyniae Yu Xing Cao
For cough due to Lung Heat with chest pain:
+ 12g Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin + 6g Hb. Houttuyniae Yu Xing Cao
+ 18g Sm. Armeniacae Xing Ren + 12g Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin
+ 12g Flos Lonicerae Jin Yin Hua + 18g Sm. Armeniacae Xing Ren
+ 12g Cx. Mori Sang Bai Pi + 12g Flos Lonicerae Jin Yin Hua
+ 9g Rz. Anemarrhenae Zhi Mu + 12g Cx. Mori Sang Bai Pi
For severe cough due to Lung Heat:
+ 9g Rz. Anemarrhenae Zhi Mu
+ 6g Hb. Houttuyniae Yu Xing Cao + 9g Sm. Persicae Tao Ren
+ 12g Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin + 9g Rx. Curcumae Yu Jin
+ 18g Sm. Armeniacae Xing Ren
For severe cough due to Lung Heat with mild hemoptysis or Blood-streaked sputum:
+ 12g Flos Lonicerae Jin Yin Hua + 6g Hb. Houttuyniae Yu Xing Cao
+ 12g Cx. Mori Sang Bai Pi + 12g Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin
+ 9g Rz. Anemarrhenae Zhi Mu + 18g Sm. Armeniacae Xing Ren
+ 9g Fr. Aristolochiae Ma Dou Ling + 12g Flos Lonicerae Jin Yin Hua
+ 9g Fol. Eriobotryae Pi Pa Ye + 12g Cx. Mori Sang Bai Pi
For cough due to Lung Heat with severe thirst:
+ 9g Rz. Anemarrhenae Zhi Mu
+ 6g Hb. Houttuyniae Yu Xing Cao + 12g Charred Rx. Rubiae Qian Cao Tan
+ 12g Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin
+ 18g Sm. Armeniacae Xing Ren + 9g Rz. Imperatae Bai Mao Gen
+ 12g Flos Lonicerae Jin Yin Hua + 12g Charred Cacumen Platycladi Ce Bai Ye Tan
+ 12g Cx. Mori Sang Bai Pi
+ 9g Rz. Anemarrhenae Zhi Mu
For cough due to Lung Heat with a sore throat:
+ Rx. Trichosanthis Tian Hua Fen + 6g Hb. Houttuyniae Yu Xing Cao
For significant chest pain:
+ 12g Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin
+ 9g Sm. Persicae Tao Ren + 18g Sm. Armeniacae Xing Ren
+ 9g Rx. Curcumae Yu Jin + 12g Flos Lonicerae Jin Yin Hua
For hemoptysis or Blood-streaked sputum:
+ 12g Cx. Mori Sang Bai Pi
+ 12g Charred Rx. Rubiae Qian Cao Tan + 9g Rz. Anemarrhenae Zhi Mu
+ 2 or 3 of the following:
+ 9g Rz. Imperatae Bai Mao Gen 9g Rz. Belamcandae She Gan
+ 12g Charred Cacumen Platycladi Ce Bai Ye Tan 15g Rx. Scrophulariae Xuan Shen
9g Rx. Platycodi Jie Geng
For copious yellow mucus and dyspnea:
3. Fructificatio Lasiosphere/Calvatiae Ma Bo
+ 6-9g Rx. et Rz. Rhei Da Huang
+ 9g Sm. Trichosanthis Gua Lou Ren