Chinese: Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang

English: Ephedra, Apricot Kemel, Gypsum, and Licorice Decoction

Source: Shanghanlun (Treatise on Cold Damage Diseases)

Pulse: slippery, rapid

Tongue: yellow fur

Abdomen: medium abdominal wall strength

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

  • Fever (with or without sweating)
  • Thirst
  • Wheezing
  • Cough
  • Asthma
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Frequent urination
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Testicle pain

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.