Clears Heat, Transforms Dampness, Moves Qi
8 pills, 3 x day.
Coptis chinensis rhizome, Aucklandia lappa root. - Huang lian, Mu xiang.
Contraindicated for conditions due to deficiency. Use with caution in Spleen deficient patients with a tendency to loose stools, diarrhea, poor appetite or chronic digestive weakness.
Clinical Comments from Monthly Special October 2011: Auklandia & Coptis Teapills/Xiang Lian Wan contains just two herbs, Huang lian (Coptis chinensis) and Mu xiang (Auklandia lappa), but the making of this formula calls for Yu huang lian, which is Huang lian processed with Wu zhu yu (Fructus evodia). The processing method specifies that a quantity of Wu zhu yu is first decocted in water, Huang lian is then mixed with this decoction until the decoction has been full absorbed into the Huang lian and then the Huang Lian is dry fried until dry. This processing method utilizes the actions of Wu zhu yu to give the formula additional functions. Yu huang lian clears damp-heat and resolves toxins while also addressing disharmony between the Liver and Stomach that can lead heat in the Stomach to rebel upward. The addition of Mu xiang (Auklandia lappa) focuses the action of the main herb on the Stomach and Intestines and helps to transforms dampness while dispersing stagnant Qi. While Xiang Lian Wan is similar to Huang Lian Jie Du Wan and Coptis Teapills/Huang Lian Su Wan in its ability to clear dampness, heat and toxins, the latter two formulas lack the ability to move stagnant qi from the middle jiao. Xiang Lian Wan is a simple but a very effective combination for addressing symptoms due to the accumulation and stagnation of damp-heat in the Stomach and Intestines as well as heat from Liver and Stomach disharmony.
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