Case Number 5

  • Asaf Goldschmidt
Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 54)


In this case Xu Shuwei focuses on differentiating between two of the three most common syndromes of Cold Damage disorders, which are associated and named according to the decoctions that treat them. This case is about decoctions designed to induce sweat in the patient. The three decoctions of this type are differentiated in this way: Cassia Twig Decoction treats effects of wind injury of the Defensive Qi, Ephedra Decoction treats cold injury of the Constructive Qi, and Green Dragon Decoction treats conditions in which wind and cold together injure both the Defensive Qi and the Constructive Qi. In this case, agitation arises due to Wind and cold accumulating in the external aspect of the patient’s body, and heat in the internal aspect. In this situation both the external and internal aspects are in excess. The Great Green Dragon Decoction, by resolving the exterior and clearing the interior, cures this condition.


Other Sources:

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asaf Goldschmidt
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  1. 1.Department of East Asian StudiesTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Visiting ProfessorRenmin University of ChinaBeijingChina

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