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Home > Education > Zang Fu Formulas > Li Zhong Tang

Li Zhong Tang

From "Zang Fu Syndromes," by McDonald and Penner

English: Decoction to Regulate the Middle

Also known as: Ren Shen Tang or Ginseng and Ginger Combination or Regulate the Center Decoction

Ingredients

    Latin

    Pinyin

    Dosage

    Actions

    Rz. Zingiberis

    Gan Jiang

    3-9g

    Warms SP / ST and eliminates interior Cold.

    With Gan Cao, for vomiting and epigastric pain due to SP / ST Xu Cold.

    With Bai Zhu, for diarrhea due to SP Xu.

    Rx. Ginseng

    Ren Shen

    3-15g

    Reinforces Yang, strongly tonifies Yuan Qi and harmonizes MJ.

    With Bai Zhu, tonifies the transformation and transportation functions of SP.

    Rz. Atractylodis Albae

    Bai Zhu 3-9g

    2-12g

    Strengthens SP and dries Dampness.

    With Ren Shen, tonifies SP / ST.

    With Ren Shen and Gan Jiang, for MJ Xu Cold with abdominal pain, distention, vomiting and diarrhea.

    Rx. Glycyrrhizae (fried)

    Zhi Gan Cao

    3-9g

    Augments Qi of MJ and harmonizes.

Actions

Warms MJ and Strengthens SP / ST.

Syndromes

    SP Yang Xu

    ST Cold

    SI Xu Cold

    MJ Yang Xu Tai Yin Shi (SP / KI Yang Xu - P: Slow and tight)

    Tai Yin Xu (abdominal pain)

    Sudden turmoil disorder (marked by absence of thirst)

    Painful Obstruction in chest due to UJ Yang Xu Cold in chest during recovery from chronic illness (causes spitting of fluids)

Clinical Manifestations

    Diarrhea with watery stools

    No thirst

    Abdominal and / or epigastric fullness (likes pressure)

    Gastrointestinal weakness

    Frequent urination

    May have cold limbs

    Body aches

    Insomnia

    Intestinal bleeding

    Chest fullness

    Rigid focal distention in HT region

    Nausea / vomiting

    Anorexia

    Abdominal pain

     

    Pale face

    Tends toward fatigue

    May have headache with fever

    Edema

    Hemoptysis

    Chronic bleeding

    Hypochondriac pain that shoots toward HT

    T: Pale, may be moist
    C: White or None
    P: Deep, weak and slow

Treats

    Acute or chronic gastritis

    Gastric weakness

    Gastroptosis

    Chronic colitis

    Oral herpes

    Gastrectasis

    Fright in children with vomiting

    Excessive salivation

    Tapeworm

    Mild labor pains

    Diabetes

    Hemoptysis

    Intestinal bleeding

    Leukorrhea

    Chronic childhood convulsions

    Acute and chronic gastroenteritis

    Gastric or duodenal ulcers

    Irritable bowel syndrome

    Chronic bronchitis

    Functional Uterine Bleeding

    Cholera

    Anemia

    Diarrhea

    Dyspepsia

    Intoxication

    Shoulder ache

    Chilled feet

    Hemorrhoidal bleeding

    Sneezing of a common cold

Contraindications

    External invasion with fever.

    Yin Xu.

    Sudden turmoil disorder - stop when diarrhea and vomiting have stopped.

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