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Xuan Fu Hua Tang is a 3-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Inula Flowers (Xuan Fu Hua) as a principal ingredient.
Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that invigorate Blood and dispel Blood Stagnation. Its main actions are: 1) unblocks the Yang and 2) expands the chest.
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 chronic hepatitis, persistent hepatitis or cirrhosis for instance.
On this page, after a detailed description of each of the three ingredients in Xuan Fu Hua Tang, we review the patterns and conditions that Xuan Fu Hua Tang helps treat.
Xuan Fu Hua is a king ingredient in Xuan Fu Hua Tang. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.
Part used: Dried capitulum
Xuan Fu Hua is warming and slightly salty. Although it is a flower
and therefore light in nature, it is able to direct the Qi downward. Here it is used to unblock the Stagnation, facilitating the downward flow of Qi and Blood that have accumulated in the chest.
Cong Bai is a deputy ingredient in Xuan Fu Hua Tang. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.
Part used: Bulb
Qian Cao is an assistant ingredient in Xuan Fu Hua Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.
Part used: Dried roots and rhizomes
Meridian affinity: Liver
Category: Herbs that cool the Blood
Qian Cao enters the Liver Channel to invigorate the Blood and transform Stagnation. It focuses the action of the Qi-moving herbs on the Blood Level, thereby enabling the formula to achieve its objectives of unblocking the Stagnation and opening the Qi dynamic.
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