Internal heat also damages and obstructs the Qi of the middle jiao (the midsection of the body), which inhibits the spleen's transporting and transforming functions. This further contributes to phlegm formation and can cause nausea, a feeling of fullness in the chest and epigastrium, or abdominal bloating. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, phlegm is produced by the Spleen and contained in the Lung. Therefore, it is important for Qing Qi Hua Tan Pian to resolve phlegm affecting both the middle and upper jiao (the upper part of the body).
Qing Qi Hua Tan Pian is used for cases in which the tongue and pulse show signs of heat and phlegm. The tongue will be red with a greasy and yellow coating. The pulse will be rapid and slippery.
Qing Qi Hua Tan Pian is an important classical TCM formula for clearing phlegm-heat from the Lungs and for relieving cough and certain respiratory conditions. Today, Qing Qi Hua Tan Pian may be used for such biomedically defined disorders as asthma, bronchitis or pneumonia with the appropriate presentation.
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Qing Qi Hua Tan Pian is composed of 8 medicinal herbs which clear heat, transform phlegm, direct Qi downward and stop cough.
The chief herb is Dan Nan Xing (Jack-in-the-pulpit tuber mixed with bovine bile). Dan Nan Xing is a powerful phlegm-resolving herb which is used to clear blockage caused by heat and phlegm. Preparation with bile reduces the herb’s drying nature. Dan Nan Xing is extremely effective at resolving phlegm and is frequently used in combination with other herbs to stop cough related to phlegm-heat.
Deputy herbs Huang Qin (Scutellaria) and Gua Lou Ren (Snake gourd fruit) are bitter, cold substances which drain fire while transforming phlegm. Huang Qin and Gua Lou Ren strongly reinforce the actions of the chief herb Dan Nan Xing. In clinical research, it has been shown that baicalin, a compound found in Huang Qin, may potentiate the effects of antibiotics such as amoxicillin against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Zhi Shi (Immature bitter orange) and Chen Pi (Tangerine peel) are combined as assistant herbs to alleviate distension and dissipate phlegm by regulating the Qi mechanism, particularly of the middle jiao. Fu Ling (Poria) and Ban Xia (Pinellia) address the Spleen, which TCM considers to be the source of phlegm.
Ku Xing Ren (Apricot seed) is an important antitussive herb used in TCM. Ku Xing Ren stops cough without drying, and facilitates the flow of Lung Qi.
Together, these seven herbs compose a formula that is well-balanced and highly effective at resolving cough with phlegm with the appropriate presentation.
| Rhizoma Pinelliae Ternatae |
Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis
Sclerotium Poriae Cocos
Fructus Aurantii Immaturus
Semen Pruni Armeniacae
Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae
Arisaema Cum Bile
| (Zhi Ban Xia) |
(Ku Xing Ren)
(Dan Nan Xing)
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The dose may be doubled for a quicker and stronger response as needed (e. g., in an acute phase or with heavy body weight).