Commonly Used Chinese Herb Formulas with Illustrations - Ma Huang and Apricot Seed Combination (Ma Xing Gan Shi Tang)


1118 麻杏甘石湯 (Ma Xing Gan Shi Tang)


Ma Huang & Apricot Seed Combination


Ephedra, Apricot Kernel, Licorice, and Gypsum Decoction




Chinese Name

Pharmaceutical Name

Pin Yin Name

English Name


Gypsum Fibrosum

Shi Gao



Herba Ephedrae

Ma Huang



Semen Armeniacae amarum

Xing Ren

Apricot Seed


Radix Glycyrrhizae praeparata cum melle

Zhi Gan Cao

Baked Licorice


Classic Literature Reference

Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Febrile Diseases, 206).

Compiler: Zhang, Zhong-jingo



Traditional: Stagnant heat in the Lungs caused by either wind-cold or wind-heat marked by persistent fever; cough; rapid breathing; wheezing; nose pain; thirst, with or without perspiration; a thin, white or thin, yellow tongue coating; and a slippery and rapid pulse.

Modern: Common cold, pneumonia, acute bronchitis, bronchial asthma, sinusitis, pertussis, and urticaria.


Pattern of Stagnant Heat in the Lungs


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