Release Exterior Cold - General Herbal Formula Category Concepts


Release Exterior Cold Sub Category

Release Exterior Cold is a subcategory of the Release the Exterior functional grouping.

The Release the Exterior functional grouping contains the following sub categories:

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The Release Exterior Cold Category Contains (3) TCM formulas In Our Database

Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang Wan

Bupleurum and Cinnamon Twig Decoction


  • A combination of gui zhi tang and xiao chai hu tang - together they work with both taiyang and shaoyang syndromes - common colds and flu, fever, chills, joint pain, nausea, abdominal/epigastric distention.  Neuralgias from wind invasions - trigeminal neuralgia, frozen shoulder, etc.
  • With the right underlying factors also useful for a range of middle jiao issues such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, cholecystitis, gastric ulcers, pancreatitis, appendicitis.
  • Epilepsy.

Gui Zhi Tang Wan

Cinnamon Twig Decoction


  • Gan Mao (wind-cold) - Common cold or flu (or related illnesses, asthma, rhinitis, etc.) presenting with fever and chills (unrelieved by sweating), headache, aversion to wind, no desire for fluids, dry cough, sore throat.
  • Frostbite.
  • Pain from cold - may manifest in the joints, sciatic pain, neuralgia.
  • Some skin conditions that are worse with cold and tend to be dry and itchy.
  • Potentially useful post-partum (for colds or fevers) to strengthen the exterior (wei qi).

Jing Fang Bai Du Wan

Schizonepeta and Siler Powder to Overcome Pathogenic Influences


  • Early stages of disease arising from wind cold damp - common cold, flu, bronchitis, mumps.
  • Early stages of skin diseases - boils, carbuncles, eczema, dermatitis with the right underlying factors.
  • Mastitis arising from cold/damp.

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