Chinese: Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang

English: Poria, Cinnamon Twig, Atractylodes Macrocephala, and Licorice Decoction

Source: Shanghanlun (Treatise on Cold Damage Diseases)

Pulse: sunken, slippery, soft (or bowstring)

Tongue: pale, swollen body, slippery (or greasy) white fur

Abdomen: shinsuion, shinkaki

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

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Dyspenia
  • palpitation
  • Asthma
  • Profuse white sputum
  • Light headedness
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitation

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.

Abdominal pattern (fukusho) of Ryokeijutsukanto (from Fukusho Kiran Yoku 1809)