Hiding in Plain Sight: An Appreciation of Zeng Ye Tang

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A special area of interest of mine is the architecture of Chinese Formulas. Throughout history, we see herbal friends: medicals that are used in combination over and over in a range of formulas. I have found through teaching that if students can learn these core building blocks, understanding the actions of a formula instantly becomes more transparent.

Learning to identify key herbal combinations is a foundational building block to understanding a formulas actions and applications. This lecture examine the Wen Bing Formula Zeng Ye Tang- Humor Increasing Decoction. 

We’ll analzyne the formula construction, how it’s different from other yin supplementing formulas and  Then we’ll look at other formulas that include this combination. You’ll learn that this trio was used included in formulas centuries earlier. 

I’m listing the formulas that I will discuss below: 

Here’s a map: 

Zeng Ye Tang Systematic Humor Increasing Decoction
Differentiation of Warm Diseases (Wēn Bìng Tiáo Biàn, 温病条 辨) 1798

玄參Xuan Shen Radix Scrophulariae ningpoensis 30 g
麥門冬Mai Men Dong Tuber Ophiopogonis japonici 24 g
生地黃Sheng Di Huang Radix Rehmanniae glutinosae 24 g


Zeng ye cheng qi tang 
Humor-Increasing Qi-Coordinating+ Decoction

生地黃Sheng Di HuangRadix Rehmanniae glutinosae 24
玄參Xuan ShenRadix Scrophulariae ningpoensis 30
大黄Da HuangRadix et rhizoma rhei9
芒硝Mang XiaoNatrii Sulfas4.5
麥門冬Mai Men DongTuber Ophiopogonis japonici 24


Xin Jia Huang Long Tang 
Newly Supplemented Yellow Dragon Decoction

生地黃Sheng Di HuangRadix Rehmanniae glutinosae 15g
玄參Xuan ShenRadix Scrophulariae ningpoensis 15g
大黄Da HuangRadix et rhizoma rhei9g
芒硝Mang XiaoNatrii Sulfas3g
海参Hai ShenStichopus2 (pc?)
人蔘Ren ShenRadix Ginseng 4.5g
甘草Gan CaoRadix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae6g
當歸Dang GuiRadix Angelicae sinensis 4.5
麥門冬Mai Men DongTuber Ophiopogonis japonici 15g


Qing Ying Tang 
Ying Level Heat-Clearing Decoction

水牛角Shui Niu Jian Cornu Bubali30-120
生地黃 Sheng Di HuangChinese foxglove root, rehmannia (fresh),Rehmannia root15
玄參 Xuan Shenningpo figwort root, scrophularia9
麥門冬Mai Men DongOphiopogon tuber9
 金银花Jin Yin Hua Flos Lonicerae Japonicae9
 连翘Lian Qiao Fructus Forsythiae6
 黄连Huang Lian Rhizoma Coptidis4.5
 淡竹叶Dan Zhu Ye Herba Lophatheri3
丹参Dan ShenRadix Salviae Miltiorrhizae6


Tian Wang bu xin dan 
Celestial Emperor Heart-Supplementing Elixir 

Corrections and Annotations to Fine Formulas for Women (Jiào Zhù Fù Rén Liáng Fāng, 校注妇人良方)          Jiào Zhù Fù Rén Liáng Fāng   校注妇人良方            Xue Ji 薛己 (Styles: Xue Xin-fu 薛新甫, Xue Li-zhai 薛立斋)      1237 (Southern Song)

生地黃Sheng Di Huang Radix Rehmanniae glutinosae 120g
玄參Xuan ShenRadix Scrophulariae ningpoensis 15g
麥門冬Mai Men DongTuber Ophiopogonis japonici 30g
天门冬Tian Men DongTuber Asparagi30g
人蔘Ren ShenRadix Ginseng 15g
茯苓Fu LingSclerotium Poriae15g
五味子Wu Wei ZiFructus Schisandrae chinensis 30g
當歸Dang Gui Wine WashedRadix Angelicae sinensis 30g
丹参Dan ShenRadix Salviae Miltiorrhizae15g
柏子仁Bai Zi RenSemen Platycladi30g
酸枣仁Suan Zao RenSemen Ziziphi spinosae 30g
远志Yuan ZhiRadix Polygalae tenuifoliae 15g
桔梗Jie GengRadix Platycodi Grandiflori 15g


Bai Zi Yang Xin Wan
Arborvitae Seed Pill to Nourish the Heart

柏子仁Bai Zi RenSemen Platycladi120g
枸杞子Gou Qi ZiLycii Fructus90
麥門冬Mai Men DongTuber Ophiopogonis japonici 30g
當歸Dang GuiRadix Angelicae sinensis 30g
石菖蒲Shi Chang PuRhizoma Acori Tatarinowii30g
Fu shenSclerotium Poriae30g
玄參Xuan ShenRadix Scrophulariae ningpoensis 60g
丹参Dan ShenRadix Salviae Miltiorrhizae15g
熟地黄Shu Di HuangRadix Rehmanniae Praeparata60g
甘草Gan CaoRadix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae15g


Bai he gu jing tang 
Lily Bulb Metal-Securing Decoction

Writings for Posterity of [Zhou] Shen-zhai (Shèn Zhāi Yí Shū, 1573

生地黃 Sheng Di HuangRadix Rehmanniae glutinosae 9g
熟地黄 Shu Di HuangRadix Rehmanniae Praeparata9
百合 Bai HeBulbus Lilii4.5
玄參 Xuan Shenningpo figwort root, scrophularia2.4
麥門冬 Mai Men DongTuber Ophiopogonis japonici 4.5
桔梗 Jie GengRadix Platycodi Grandiflori 2.4
貝母 Bei Mu Bulbus Fritillaria4.5
當歸 Dang GuiRadix Angelicae sinensis 9
白芍 Bai ShaoRadix Paeoniae Alba3
甘草 Gan CaoRadix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae3


Yang yin qing fei tang 
Yin-Nourishing Lung-Clearing Decoction

Jade Key to the Secluded Chamber (Zhòng Lóu Yù Yào, 重楼玉钥)  Zhòng Lóu Yù Yào   重楼玉钥        Zheng Han 郑翰 (Styles: Zheng Ji-yuan 郑纪元, Zheng Mei-jian 郑梅涧)   1838 (Qing)

生地黃 Sheng Di HuangRadix Rehmanniae glutinosae 6
玄參 Xuan Shenningpo figwort root, scrophularia4.5
牡丹皮 Mu Dan PiCortex Moutan2.4
白芍 Bai ShaoRadix Paeoniae Alba2.4
麥門冬 Mai Men DongTuber Ophiopogonis japonici 3.6
薄荷 Bo HeHerba Menthae1.5
川貝母 Chuan Bei MuBulbus Fritillaria2.4
甘草 Gan CaoRadix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae1.5

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