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Mu li san(Oyster Shell Powder) ---牡蛎散

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【组成】  黄芪(30g) 麻黄根(9g)  牡蛎(煅,30g)
【功用】  益气固表,敛阴止汗。
【主治】  自汗盗汗。常自汗出,夜卧更甚,心悸惊惕,短气烦倦,舌淡红,脉细弱。
【歌诀】  牡蜘散内用黄芪,小麦麻根合用宜,卫虚自汗或盗汗,固表收敛见效奇。
Oyster Shell Powder mu li san

【SOURCE】: Formulae of Peaceful Benevolent Dispensary.

【INGREDIENTS】: Astragalus root 30g, Ephedra root 30g,  Oyster shell (washed with rice water and then calcined) 30g

【DIRECTIONS】: Grind all the herbs into rough granules and take 9 grams as a portion and decoct is with light wheat, and then strain off its residue for oral ad­ministration. Or, decoct in water for oral administration, with the dosage decreased proportionally.

【EFFECTS】: Consolidating the exterior to cease perspiration.

【INDICATIONS】: Spontaneous perspiration due to yang deficiency marked by general sweating especially during sleep in the night, palpitation, dreams and fright, shortness of breath, vexation and general lassitude, slight reddish tongue, and thready, weak pulse.

【ANALYSIS OF FORMULA】: This is a common formula to astringe sweating and consolidate the exterior. Oyster shell is salty in flavor and cold in property. It as the principal herb stops sweating, nourishes yin to settle down yang, Astraga­lus root replenishes the lung-qi and strengthens the defense-qi to consolidate the exterior and is used as an assistant herb. Ephedra root is good at limiting perspira­tion, the light wheat replenishes the heart-qi, nourishes the heart-yin and clears a- way the heart-heat, and they are the adjuvant herbs.

This formula can also be used for night sweating. Spontaneous perspiration of night sweating in pulmonary tuberculosis can be treated by the modified formula.

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