Chinese: Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang

English: Rhubarb and Moutan Decoction

Source: Jinguiyaolue (Essentials from the Golden Cabinet)

Pulse: bowstring (or slippery), rapid

Tongue: red body, yellow, dry (or greasy) coating

Abdomen: oketsu (especially in the lower right quadrant), shofukuman


Indications: This herbal formula has been used for patients with following health conditions and symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain (usually in the lower right quadrant)
  • Appendicitis
  • Abdominal masses
  • Intestinal abscess
  • Leukorrhea
  • Lochia retention
  • Constipation
  • Bloating

There are many other health conditions that may respond well to this herbal formula, in particular patients exhibiting indicative traditional diagnostic signs and symptoms.

Herbs in This Formula

Note: Suggested dosages of each herb in Kampo formulas are often smaller than those of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Individual dosages of herbs may be adjusted depending on each patient’s condition, constitutional patterns, quality of the herbs, and other factors involved.