Qi and Flavor
A simple visual reference for Chinese Medicine Formulas

Si Ni San 四 逆 散

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Source: Discussions of Cold Damage (c. 220)

Indication: Yang-type inversion due to internal Qi constraint

Symptoms: Cold fingers and toes with a warm head and body, sometimes accompanied by a sensation of irritabiity and fullness in the chest adn epigastrium. There may also be abdominal pain and/or severe diarrhea (Liver-Spleen disharmony).

Tongue: red, yellow coat; Pulse: wiry

The focus of this formula is to regulate qi by venting heat and releasing constraint, this is seen in how cool/cold the formula is. In addition, it is very bitter and drains stagnation resulting in effective qi regulation.