Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang

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Pin Ying Name: Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang

English Name: Pinellia, Atractylodis, & Gastrodia Decoction

Chinese Name: 半夏白朮天麻湯

Herbs & Actions
Pharmaceutical Latin Pin Yin Actions
Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum Zhi Ban Xia

Transforms Phlegm, dries Dampness, descends Rebellious Qi and treats nausea and vomiting.

With Chen Pi, for epigastric and abdominal distention or pain due to disharmony of the Stomach Qi. With Fu Ling, expels Phlegm and stops nausea and vomiting, hiccups, coughs with clear, profuse Phlegm and loose and watery stools. With Tian Ma, Bai Zhu and Fu Ling, for Phlegm-Dampness rising upward and combining with uprising Internal Wind with symptoms of headache, dizziness, focal distention, a stifling sensation in the chest and diaphragm, a greasy white tongue and wiry and slippery pulse.

Rz. Gastrodiae Tian Ma

Transforms Phlegm, extinguishes Wind, subdues Rising Liver Yang, alleviates pain, disperses Wind-Damp Bi and effectively treats headache, dizziness and vertigo.

With Zhi Ban Xia, Bai Zhu and Chen Pi, for headaches and dizziness from Wind-Phlegm. With Zhi Ban Xia, Bai Zhu and Fu Ling, for a heavy feeling and a congested headache.

Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae Bai Zhu

Strengthens the Spleen, dries Dampness and reinforces Ban Xia and Tian Ma in treating Phlegm.

With Tian Ma and Fu Ling, for Phlegm due to Spleen Dampness with Internal Liver Wind. With Fu Ling and Gan Cao, for Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiencies. With Zhi Ban Xia, Tian Ma, Fu Ling and Chen Pi, for dizziness and vertigo due to accumulation of Phlegm and Liver Wind.

Exocarpium Citri Rubrum Ju Hong

Is more drying and aromatic than Chen Pi, but less effective at harmonizing the Middle and regulating the Spleen and Stomach. It is primarily used for vomiting and belching and for treating Phlegm-Damp coughs.

Per. Citri Reticulatae Chen Pi

Regulates Qi and transforms Phlegm. May substitute for Ju Hong.

With Sheng Jiang, for vomiting and hiccups due to Disharmony of the Stomach Qi and Cold-Dampness Obstructing the Middle with nausea and hiccup. (With Zhi Ban Xia, for a stifling sensation in the chest and cough with excessive white, viscous sputum due to Phlegm-Damp Obstruction.) (With Bai Zhu, for anorexia and other symptoms of Damp-Obstruction due to Spleen Deficiency.) (With Zhi Ban Xia and Fu Ling, for cough due to accumulation of Dampness and Phlegm.

Poria Fu Ling

Leaches out Dampness, strengthens the Spleen and assists in Transforming Phlegm.

With Bai Zhu, strengthens the Spleen and resolves Dampness. With Zhi Ban Xia and Chen Pi, for nausea, vomiting, chest fullness and distention and anorexia due to congested fluids. With Zhi Ban Xia, Chen Pi and Sheng Jiang, for congested fluids in the Stomach causing nausea and vomiting. With Bai Zhu and Tian Ma, for Phlegm accumulation with vertigo.

Rx. Glycyrrhizae Gao Cao

Tonifies the Spleen and augments Qi, resolves Phlegm, and moderates and harmonizes the harsh properties of other herbs.

Rz. Zingiberis Recens Sheng Jiang

Warms the Middle, stops vomiting, warms the Lungs, stops cough and reduces the toxicity of other herbs.

With Da Zao, harmonizes the Spleen and Stomach. With Zhi Ban Xia, for vomiting due to many causes including Stomach Cold and productive cough due to Phlegm-Dampness.

Fr. Jujube Da Zao

Tonifies the Spleen and Stomach and augments Qi and moderates and harmonizes the harsh properties of other herbs.

With Sheng Jiang, prevents Phlegm accumulation.

Formula Actions
  • Strengthens the Spleen
  • Dispels Dampness
  • Transforms Phlegm
  • Soothes the Liver
  • Extinguishes Wind
  • Wind-Phlegm (Feng Tan)
  • Shi Tan (Damp-Phlegm)
Clinical Manifestations
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo (possibly severe)
  • Headaches (may be recurrent)
  • A stifling sensation in the chest
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Copious sputum
  • Spots before the eyes
  • Heaviness of the head
  • Lockjaw
  • Sinus congestion
  • Cold feet
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal distention
  • Weakness of hands and feet
  • May be edema
  • Sudden loss of consciousness
  • Excess salivation
  • Compulsive sleeping after eating
  • T: Normal
  • C: White and greasy
  • P: Wiry and slippery or Soft and slippery
  • Meniere's disease
  • Hypertension due to gastrointestinal weakness
  • Tubercular meningitis
  • Benign positional vertigo
  • Neurotic vertigo
  • Recurrent headaches
  • Tension headache
  • Gastroatonia
  • Facial paralysis
  • Epilepsy
  • Aural vertigo
  • Chronic gastroenteritis
  • Cerebrovascular accident
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Asthma
  • Numbness
  • Periarthritis of the shoulder
  • Abdominal fullness and distention
  • Otitis media
  • Fatigue
  • Hiccups
  • Palpitations
  • Aphasia
  • Seizures and epilepsy during pregnancy
  • Painful obstruction
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Compulsive sleeping after eating
  • Weakness of the hands and feet
  • Headache and vertigo due to hypotension
  • Gastroptosis
  • Sinusitis
  • Water poisoning
  • Migraine
  • Cerebellitis
  • Stroke
  • Food allergy
  • Cerebral arteriosclerosis
  • Vestibular neuritis
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Paresthesia
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Tinnitus
  • Otitis externa
  • Deafness
  • Edema
  • One-sided perspiration
  • Irritability during pregnancy
  • Otorrhea
  • Contraindicated for those with vertigo not caused by Wind-Phlegm, e.g. Liver Yang Rising or Blood Deficiency.
  • Contraindicated for those with Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiencies.

More Information Formula Herb

*All granules can be made into capsules. All capsules are sold in pairs of 2 (Two bottle increment).