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Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang 青 蒿 鱉 甲 湯

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Source: Systematic Differentiation of Warm Pathogen Diseases (1798)

Indication: Heat lurking in the yin aspects, late stages of febrile disease

Symptoms: Night fever and morning coolness with an absence of sweating (fluids depleted) as fever recedes. Emaciation due to general loss of nourishment, however no loss of appetite.

Tongue: red, little coat; Pulse: thin, rapid

This formula uses a two-chief herb strategy to nourish yin and vent heat. Bie Jia (salty, cold) directly enriches the yin and is able to guide Qing Hao (bitter, cold) to directly vent heat. Together they actively clear deficiency heat from the deepest yin aspects of the body. The five ingredients seek to nourish, clear, and vent and treat both root and branch of this pattern.