Scallions (Cong Bai) Fermented soybeans (Dan Dou Chi)

Chinese: 葱豉汤

Pinyin: Cōng Shì Tāng

Other names: Scallion and Prepared Soybean Decoction

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Formula category: Formulas that clear early-stage Exterior disorders

Conditions for which it may be prescribed: InfluenzaCommon coldUpper respiratory tract infections

  1. Unblocks the Yang Qi (Defensive Qi) in the Exterior
  2. Induces sweating

Source date: 3rd Centry

Source book: Emergency Formulas to Keep Up One's Sleeve

Cong Chi Tang is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Scallions (Cong Bai) as a principal ingredient.

Invented in 3rd Centry, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear early-stage Exterior disorders. Its main actions are: 1) unblocks the Yang Qi (Defensive Qi) in the Exterior and 2) induces sweating .

In Chinese Medicine health conditions are thought to arise due to "disharmonies" in the body as a system. These disharmonies are called "patterns" and the very purpose of herbal formulas is to fight them in order to restore the body's harmony.

From a Western Medicine standpoint, such patterns can give rise to a range of conditions such as upper respiratory tract infections, common cold or influenza for instance.

On this page, after a detailed description of each of the two ingredients in Cong Chi Tang, we review the patterns and conditions that Cong Chi Tang helps treat.

The two ingredients in Cong Chi Tang

Cong Bai is a king ingredient in Cong Chi Tang. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

1. Scallions (Cong Bai)

Part used: Bulb

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): Pungent

Meridian affinity: LungStomach

Category: Warm/Acrid herbs that release the Exterior

Cong Bai Relieves the Exterior through sweating. It is a warm and acrid herb which unblocks the Yang Qi (Protective Qi) flow in the Exterior and induces sweating.

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Dan Dou Chi is a deputy ingredient in Cong Chi Tang. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

2. Fermented Soybeans (Dan Dou Chi)

Part used: Fermented preparation obtain from the ripe bean

Nature: Cool

Taste(s): BitterPungent

Meridian affinity: LungStomach

Category: Cool/Acrid herbs that release the Exterior

Dan Dou Chi releases externally-contracted pernicious influences from the Exterior and keeps Yang Qi in the Interior.

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