Case Number 71
In this case, after presenting the main symptoms, Xu does not provide his pulse diagnosis or name the syndrome, but proceeds directly to treatment. He administers two formulas one after the other, the first to stabilize the condition and the second to treat the underlying pathology. Only in the discussion does Xu clarify why he included this case in his collection, namely to stress the need for correct diagnosis in cases when the patient concurrently vomits and has diarrhea. If the physician mistakenly identifies this pattern of symptoms as Immature Yin diarrhea or Damp Heat leaking diarrhea and applies treatment accordingly, the disorder will rapidly progress and the patient will die.
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