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Liu He Tang (Harmonize the Six Decoction) 六和湯


Formula Type Formulas that Expel Dampness
Diagnosis Externally-contracted Cold in Summer months with internal damage due to dampness, sudden turmoil disorder
Action Strengthens Spleen, transforms dampness, causes the pure to ascend and the turbid to descend, harmonizes function of the six Yang organs
Indication Chills and fever, absence of sweating, headache, feeling muddled, wheezing from phlegm, cough, stifling sensation in chest or sensation of fullness and distention in diaphragmatic region, vomiting and diarrhea, lack of strength in extremities, no desire for food or drink, scanty, dark urine. T: white, slippery coat
Remarks This condition occurs during late summer when damp and hot weather lead to accumulation of damp-heat in interior, thus a brief spell of cold weather or ingestion of cold food or drink can cause contraction of cold in exterior, trapping of dampness in interior which prevents protective Yang from ascending to disperse the pathogen; Contraindicated for sudden turmoil disorder due to damp-heat

Ren Shen (Organic) (Red) (9 g)

Sha Ren (6 g)

Ban Xia (Fa) (Organic) (12 g)

Xing Ren (Bei/Ku) (tested) (9 g)

Bai Zhu (Organic) (15 g)

Huo Xiang (tested) (9 g)

Bai Bian Dou (30 g)

Fu Ling (Chi) (15 g)

Mu Gua (tested) (12 g)

Hou Po (Jiang) (9 g)

Xiang Ru (tested) (9 g)

Gan Cao (Zhi) (9 g)


This information is a reference tool for Chinese herbal studies. It is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Please consult a primary health professional if you require health advisory.