Commonly Used Chinese Herb Formulas with Illustrations - Minor Rhubarb Combination (Xiao Cheng Qi Tang)


0306 小承氣湯 (Xiao Cheng Qi Tang)


Minor Rhubarb Combination


Minor Order the Qi Decoction




Chinese Name

Pharmaceutical Name

Pin Yin Name

English Name


Rhizoma Rhei

Da Huang



Fructus Aurantii immaturus

Zhi Shi

Zhi Shih


Cortex Magnoliae officinalis

Hou Po

Magnolia Bark


Classic Literature Reference

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

Compiler: Zhang, Zhong-jingo



Traditional: Excess syndrome of the yangming organ marked by fullness and distention in the chest and abdomen, constipation, tidal fever, delirium, a dark yellow tongue coating, and a slippery and rapid pulse; or onset of dysentery marked by distending abdominal pain, or fullness and distention in the epigastrium and abdomen, and rectal tenesmus.


Modern: Acute febrile disease, habitual constipation, hypertension, obesity, food poisoning, intestinal obstruction, postoperative gastrointestinal dysfunction, pediatric epilepsy, neurosis, tetanus, dysentery, and dysuria.


Pattern of Mild Excess Heat in the Stomach and Intestine

(Mild Excess Heat Pattern of Yangming Organ)


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