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Home > Education > Zang Fu Formulas > Mai Men Dong Tang

Mai Men Dong Tang

From "Zang Fu Syndromes," by McDonald and Penner

English: Ophiopogonis Decoction

Also known as: Ophiopogon Combination or Mai Dong Tang

Ingredients

    Latin

    Pinyin

    Dosage

    Actions

    Tub. Ophiopogonis

    Mai Men Dong

    10-20g

    Nourishes LU / ST Yin, clears Xu Heat from ST, generates Fluid in ST / LU and moistens Intestines.

    With Ban Xia and Dang Shen, for chronic, dry cough due to LU Yin Xu.

    Rx. Ginseng

    Ren Shen

    2-9g

    Revives Qi and Yin and generates Fluids.

    With Mai Men Dong, strongly tonifies Qi and Nourishes Yin of LU and ST.

    (Rx. Codonopsis)

    (Dang Shen)

    (6-27g)

    (Substitutes for Ren Shen when the digestive system is weak.)

    Nonglutinous Rice

    Geng Mi

    5-20g

    Tonifies Qi and generates Fluids.

    With Gan Cao and Da Zao, assists ST Qi and generates Fluids.

    Fr. Zizyphi Jujube

    Da Zao

    2-12g

    Strengthens SP, tonifies Qi, nourishes Blood and harmonizes.

    Rx. Glycyrrhizae

    Gan Cao

    2-6g

    Clears Heat, relieves toxins, moistens LU and harmonizes.

    Rz. Pinelliae

    Ban Xia

    4.5-9g

    Moves ST Qi, descends Qi and assists distribution of ST Qi to LU.

Actions

Benefits ST, Generates Fluids and Descends Qi.

Syndromes

    ST Fire Blazing

    ST and LU Yin Xu

    LU Wei Syndrome (atrophy)

Clinical Manifestations

    Cough with little yellow sputum

    Wheezing

    Dry, uncomfortable sensation in throat

    Dry mouth

    Thirst

    Flushed face

    Spitting saliva

    Shortness of breath

    Hiccoughs

    Hoarseness

    Asthma

     

    T: Red and dry
    C: Little or None
    P: Thready and rapid

Treats

    Pertussis

    Pneumonia

    Acute or chronic pharyngitis

    Tuberculosis of pharynx

    Hypertension

    Gastritis

    Esophageal reflux

    Pulmonary tuberculosis

    Pulmonary atelectasis

    Chronic tracheitis

    Chronic laryngitis

    Diabetes

    Arteriosclerosis

    Peptic ulcer

    Chronic bronchitis

    Lung cancer

Contraindications

    Cough or hiccup due to Wind-Cold or Heat.

    Dampness.

    High fever and irritability due to exterior Heat.

    LU atrophy due to Xu Cold.

Modifications

    For severe Yin Xu with depletion of Body Fluids:

    + Rx. Aden. seu Glehniae Sha Shen
    + Rz. Polygonati Odorati Yu Zhu
    + Gypsum Shi Gao
    + Hb. Lophatheri Dan Zhu Ye

    For afternoon fever:

    + Rx. Stellariae Yin Chai Hu
    + Cx. Lycii Radicis Di Gu Pi

    For ST Fire:

    + Rx. Paeoniae Albae Bai Shao

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