English: Arnebia/Lithospermum and Oyster Shell Decoction
Also Known As: Lithospermum and Oyster Shell Decoction
Arnebia and Oyster Shell Decoction
Zi Cao Gen Mu Li Tang
Pharmaceutical Latin
Pin Yin
Rx, Angelicae Sinensis Dang Gui 9-12g Tonifies, invigorates and harmonizes the Blood, regulates the menses, disperses Cold, stops pain due to Blood Stasis, reduces swelling, expels pus, generates flesh and alleviates pain.
With Huang Qi, for many Blood Deficiency patterns.
With Bai Shao, regulates and harmonizes Qi and Blood.
With Chuan Xiong, harmonizes, nourishes and invigorates the Blood and disperses Blood Stasis.
With Jin Yi Hua, reduces obstruction and toxicity for swollen, painful sores and necrosis of surrounding tissue.
Rx. Paeoniae Alba Bai Shao 6-9g Nourishes the Blood, regulates menstruation, astringes Yin, softens the Liver and relieves pain.
With Gan Cao, regulates the relationship between the Liver and Spleen.
With Bai Shao, nourishes Yin and Blood.
Rx. Arnebiae/Lithospermi Zi Cao 3-9g Clears Heat, cools the Blood, invigorates Blood circulation, relieves Fire toxins, encourages rashes and clears Damp-Heat from the skin.
With Da Huang, for constipation
Rx. et Rz. Rhei Da Huang 1-3g Drains Heat, purges accumulations, drains Fire, transforms Dampness, drains Heat from the Blood, invigorates the Blood, dispels Blood Stasis and reduces Fire toxicity.
With Dang Gui, for Blood Stasis.
Caulis Lonicerae Ren Dong Teng 6-9g Clears Heat, resolves toxicity, cools the Blood, clears Damp-Heat from the Lower Jiao and expels Wind-Heat.
(Flos Lonicerae) (Jin Yin Hua) (2-6g) (Used instead of Ren Dong Teng in some versions.)
Rz. Cimicifugae Sheng Ma 1-3g Releases the exterior, vents measles, clears Heat, relieves toxicity, raises Yang and lifts Sunken Qi.
With Dang Gui, raises the clear Qi, allowing turbidity to descend and moistening the Intestines.
With Bai Shao and Gan Cao, for incomplete expression of measles.
Rx. Astragali Huang Qi 6-9g Tonifies Qi and Blood, strengthens the Spleen, raises the Yang Qi of the Spleen and Stomach, promotes the discharge of pus, generates flesh and expels toxins.
With Dang Gui, for Qi and Blood Deficiency with chronic non-healing sores.
With Sheng Ma, raises the Yang Qi of the Spleen.
Concha Ostreae Mu Li 6-9g Heavily settles and calms the Spirit, calms the Liver, benefits Yin, anchors Floating Yang, softens hardness and dissipates nodules.
Rz. Chuanxiong Chuan Xiong 3-9g Invigorates the Blood and promotes the movement of Qi.
Rx. Glycyrrhizae Gan Cao 1-3g Tonifies the Spleen, augments Qi and moderates and harmonizes the harsh properties of other herbs.
  • Clears Blood Heat
  • Resolves toxicity
  • Dissipates swellings
  • Dispels noxious sores
  • Disperses nodules and hardness
  • Moderately tonifies Qi and Blood
  • Toxic Heat in the Blood
  • Malignant abscesses and sores
  • Chronic deep red bayberry sore toxin
  • Chronic, stubborn skin lesions
  • Sores
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Nodules
  • Malignant abscesses and sores
  • Syphilitic sores
  • Red itching skin
  • Hardness
  • T: Pale with red spots
  • P: Rapid and pecking
For deficient patients: For patients with more Excess symptoms:
- Rx. et Rz. Rhei Da Huang - Rx. Astragali Huang Qi
For breast disorders:
For painful bruises and swelling:
+ Sm. Vaccariae Wang Bu Liu Xing + Olibanum Ru Xiang
+ Fr. Liquidamberis Lu Lu Tong + Myrrh Mo Yao
For Lung abscess:
For impetigo:
+ Hb. Houttuyniae Yu Xing Cao + Hb. Taraxaci Pu Gong Ying
For herpes:
+ Fr. Forsythiae Lian Qiao
+ Hb. Schizonepetae Jing Jie
For swelling caused by Wind-Dampness:
+ Rx. Saposhnikoviae Fang Feng + Rx. Angelicae Dahuricae Bai Zhi
+ Fr. Forsythiae Lian Qiao
For herpes affecting the eyes:
+ Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae Bai Zhu
+ Flos Chrysanthemi Ju Hua
+ Sm. Plantaginis Che Qian Zi
For herpes with neuralgia:
+ Rx. Platycodi Jie Geng + Ram. Cinnamomi Gui Zhi
+ Rx. Saposhnikoviae Fang Feng + Sm. Pharbitidis Qian Niu Zi
+ Fr. Forsythiae Lian Qiao + Rx. Aconiti Lateralis Preparata Zhi Fu Zi
For stronger detoxification and anti-tumor effects:
For a hard mass in the lymphatic system:
+ Hb. Hedyotis Diffusae Bai Hua She She Cao + Sargassum Hai Zao
+ Hb. Houttuyniae Yu Xing Cao + Thallus Eckloniae Kun Bu
+ Sm. Coicis Yi Yi Ren
For more severe Blood Stasis:
For leukorrhea:
+ Rx. Salviae Miltiorrhizae Dan Shen
+ Rx. Smilacis Glabrae Tu Fu Ling
+ Per. Citri Reticulatae Chen Pi + Myrrh Mo Yao
+ Caulis Akebiae Mu Tong    
+ Poria Fu Ling