Ningpo figwort roots (Xuan Shen) Water buffalo horns (Shui Niu Jiao) Dwarf lilyturf roots (Mai Dong) Lophatherum herbs (Dan Zhu Ye)

Chinese: 清宫汤

Pinyin: Qīng Gōng Tāng

Other names: Clear the Palace Decoction

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Formula category: Formulas that clear nutritive-level Heat

Conditions for which it may be prescribed: MeningitisSepticemiaEncephalitis B and one other condition

  1. Clears Heat in the Heart
  2. Nourishes the Yin Fluids

Contraindications: Not suitable for patients with accumulated Dampness with the signs of white and... Not suitable for patients with accumulated Dampness with the signs of white and slippery tongue coating. see more

Source date: 1798 AD

Source book: Systematic Differentiation of Warm Pathogen

Qing Gong Tang is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ningpo Figwort Roots (Xuan Shen) and Water Buffalo Horns (Shui Niu Jiao) as principal ingredients.

Invented in 1798 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear nutritive-level Heat. Its main actions are: 1) clears Heat in the Heart and 2) nourishes the Yin Fluids .

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 meningitis, encephalitis b or septicemia for instance.

On this page, after a detailed description of each of the six ingredients in Qing Gong Tang, we review the patterns and conditions that Qing Gong Tang helps treat.

The six ingredients in Qing Gong Tang

Xuan Shen is a king ingredient in Qing Gong Tang. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

1. Ningpo Figwort Roots (Xuan Shen)

Part used: Dried rhizome

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): Bitter

Meridian affinity: Large intestineLiverStomach

Category: Herbs that cool the Blood

Xuan Shen is bitter in taste and moist in nature. It is able to control and calm the Heart, which is associated with Yang, Fire, and activity. It is especially suited for clearing Heart Fire by means of tonifying its Yin Fluids.

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Shui Niu Jiao is a king ingredient in Qing Gong Tang. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

2. Water Buffalo Horns (Shui Niu Jiao)

Part used: The horn, as a powder or as thin scrapes

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): BitterSalty

Meridian affinity: StomachHeartLiver

Category: Herbs that cool the Blood

Shui Niu Jiao is able to control and calm the Heart, which is associated with Yang, Fire, and activity. It is salty, resolves toxicity, and focuses on clearing exuberant Fire from the Heart.

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Mai Dong is a deputy ingredient in Qing Gong Tang. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

3. Dwarf Lilyturf Roots (Mai Dong)

Part used: Dried root tuber

Nature: Cool

Taste(s): BitterSweet

Meridian affinity: HeartLungStomach

Category: Tonic herbs for Yin Deficiency

Mai Dong unblocks the collateral vessels of the Heart.  It removes Qi Stagnation in the Heart and abdomen and Food Stagnation in the Stomach.

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Dan Zhu Ye is an assistant ingredient in Qing Gong Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

4. Lophatherum Herbs (Dan Zhu Ye)

Part used: Dried stem and leaf

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: HeartSmall intestineStomach

Category: Herbs that clear Heat and purge Fire and/or clear Summer Heat

Dan Zhu Ye clear Heat from the Qi level of the Upper Burner. In this formula, Forsythia fruit resolves Toxic-Heat and removes Stagnation, while Lophatherum herb enters into the Heart and unblocks its orifices by draining Heat via the urine as well as from the Exterior.

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Lian Qiao is an assistant ingredient in Qing Gong Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

5. Forsythia Fruits (Lian Qiao)

Part used: Dried fruit

Nature: Cool

Taste(s): Bitter

Meridian affinity: HeartLungSmall intestine

Category: Herbs that clear Heat and relieve Toxicity

Lian Qiao clear Heat from the Qi level of the Upper Burner. In this formula, Forsythia fruit resolves Toxic-Heat and removes Stagnation, while Lophatherum herb enters into the Heart and unblocks its orifices by draining Heat via the urine as well as from the Exterior.

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Lian Zi Xin is an envoy ingredient in Qing Gong Tang. This means that it directs the formula towards certain area of the body and/or harmonizes the actions of other ingredients.

6. Lotus Plumules (Lian Zi Xin)

Part used: Dried seed plumules

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): Bitter

Meridian affinity: HeartKidney

Category: Herbs that clear Heat and purge Fire and/or clear Summer HeatHerbs that cool the Blood

Lian Zi Xin is bitter and cold. It directs excessive Heart Fire downward into the Kidneys and Kidney Fire upward into the Heart to reestablish the normal
physiological connection between water and fire in the body.

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