Discussion on the dose-effect relationship of ginger in “Treatise on Febrile Diseases”-生姜在《伤寒论》中的量效关系探讨

Many Chinese medicines are from the same source of medicine and food. For example, ginger is a typical plant with source of medicine and food. Some doctors may think that ginger is optional in clinical prescriptions, but it is not. Ginger was first published in the “Famous Doctors” in the late Han Dynasty: “Taste pungent, mild temperature. Indications for typhoid fever, headache, nasal congestion, coughing, and vomiting. Also, ginger, lukewarm, pungent, return to Wu Zang. Remove phlegm, lower the breath, Relieving vomiting, eliminating wind and cold and heat. Taking Xiaozhi for a long time will make you feel sad.” The medical sage Zhang Zhongjing attaches great importance to the use of ginger. In his book “Treatise on Febrile Diseases” 113 prescriptions, 39 prescriptions contain ginger, or it is a monarch medicine. Or as an envoy. If ginger can be used in clinical practice, it can not only improve the curative effect, but also eliminate the adverse gastrointestinal reactions of some drugs. Therefore, it is necessary to study the law of ginger application, especially the relationship between the dose of ginger and the curative effect.

1. Analysis on the efficacy of ginger

1. Jie Biao Yi Wei, such as Guizhi Decoction. Guizhi Decoction contains three groups of square roots: Guizhi with licorice to transform yang, peony with glycyrrhizin to transform yin, and jujube with licorice to benefit stomach qi and nourish stomach yin. Ginger plays two roles in Guizhi Decoction. One is to walk the surface, the medicine to help the monarch and ministers to harmonize the camp and health; the other is to walk the inside, and the stomach to warm the yang and nourish the vital energy. Although there are only five herbs in this prescription, it is rigorous in compatibility and has nourishment in the powder. Just as Ke Qin praised Guizhi Decoction in “Treatise on Febrile Diseases” as the leader of Zhongjing Group’s prescriptions, it nourishes yin and yang, harmonizes camp and health, and relieves muscles. The general formula for sweating is also.”

Relieve vomiting with the stomach, such as the size of Chaihu decoction. Ginger is the “sacred medicine for vomiting”, and has a strong anti-vomiting ability for the stomach. Xiao Chaihu Decoction Syndrome “upset and vomiting”, Dachai Hu Decoction Syndrome “Heart is anxious, vomiting will not stop”, etc. In clinical practice, no matter whether external evil or internal crime or miscellaneous disease internal injury, it is common to see stomach-qi discord and nausea and vomiting. Wait for the symptoms of stomach qi reversal, add ginger to the clinical medication, and use it for more testing.
Wenyang Liyin is like small pinellia soup. The syndrome of this prescription is caused by stopping the phlegm and drinking in the heart, and the stomach qi fails to heal. It is suitable for treating phlegm and dispersing drink, and reducing the adverse effects of the stomach. In the prescription, Pinellia sinensis is used for warming, slippery body and dry sex, which can remove dampness, resolve phlegm and clear drinks, and can also reduce adverse effects and stop vomiting. It is a noble medicine. Ginger is pungent and warm, which can not only reduce the adverse effects and relieve vomiting, but also warm the stomach and benefit the drink, and make the poison of Pinellia ternata. It is both a ministerial medicine and an adjuvant. The two medicines are matched together to make phlegm and drink to dissolve, regress the stomach and cause vomiting to stop. The prescription created by Zhong Jing has important guiding significance for the treatment of phlegm-drinking and vomiting or stomach-qi stagnation syndrome in later generations, and it has become a classic combination of expectorant and dissolving drink or stomach-reducing and anti-vomiting.
Article 157 of “Treatise on Febrile Diseases”: “Typhoid fever, after sweating, the stomach is not harmonious, the heart is hard, the dry food is stink, there is moisture under the flanks, the thunder in the abdomen will be beneficial, and the ginger will relieve the heart. Soup is the main one.” Ginger Xiexin Decoction is made up of Banxia Xiexin Decoction and ginger. Therefore, the clinical use of ginger Xiexin Decoction must see the “piness” of Banxia Xiexin Decoction. What is “ribs”? Zhong Jing made it very clear that stubbornness means “fullness without pain, press it.” “Hu Xishu’s Treatise on Febrile Diseases and Miscellaneous Diseases” states: “The clinical symptoms of dry food stinking, it is difficult to cure with Banxia Xiexin Decoction, and ginger must be added.” Get rid of the riffles.
Warming the stomach and replenishing qi: Take ginger Xin San to warm the yang qi, and mix with sweet medicine to treat the abdominal pain caused by asthenia, deficiency and cold. Such as Wenjianzhongqi Xiaojianzhong Decoction, Huangqi Jianzhong Decoction, etc.; compatible with warming and tonic products to treat abdominal pain caused by blood deficiency and cold. Such as warming blood and dispelling cold angelica ginger and mutton soup; Compatible with roasted licorice and jujube to warm the stomach, nourish the source of blood, and cure the lack of qi and blood, lack of energy, pulse generation, heart palpitations, Zhigancao soup, To replenish qi and nourish yin, clear yang and restore pulse.
6. Harmonizing the stomach and detoxifying ginger can make the toxicity of pinellia, such as Xiaobanxia soup, Xiaochaihu soup, etc.; it can make the mutton flavor, such as angelica ginger and mutton soup; in addition, ginger can also detoxify fish and crabs, and has been widely used For folk diet therapy.

Two, about the dose analysis of ginger

In “Treatise on Febrile Diseases”, there are a total of 35 prescriptions that use ginger in the main prescription. The most used amount is 8 taels, and the minimum is only 6 baht (one tael is 24 baht). It can be seen that Zhong Jing uses ginger for different prescriptions. The dosage is very particular and the verification is very accurate.

1. Three or two prescriptions for ginger, a total of 20 prescriptions.

Mainly Guizhi Decoction, such as Guizhi Decoction, Guizhi Plus Gegen Decoction, Guizhi Thicken Puxingzi Decoction, Guizhi Plus Yellow Decoction, Guizhi Plus Aconite Decoction, Guizhi Plus Peony Decoction, Guizhi Qushaoyao Decoction , Guizhi to Guizhi plus Fuling Baizhu Decoction, Xiaojianzhong Decoction and so on. For example, Guizhi decoction syndrome “headache, fever, sweating, bad wind, slow pulse”, use the pungent of ginger, add cinnamon twig to relieve the skin, help cassia twig licorice to benefit health, and help peony and licorice to smooth fluid, and alleviate the whole body. The prescriptions play a total of expelling wind and relieving form, reconciling the effects of Ying and Wei, and treating the deficiency of sun form. In addition, Xiaochaihu Decoction, Daqinglong Decoction, Guizhi Fuzi Quguijia Baizhu Decoction also use ginger in threes, such as “retching” in Guizhi Decoction syndrome, “like vomiting” in Xiao Chaihu Decoction, and Pueraria lobata plus Banxia Decoction The “but vomiting person” of the card, mainly plays the role of anti-vomiting with Weijiangni.

2. There are 2 prescriptions for ginger with four or two prescriptions.

There are Ginger Xiexin Decoction and Guizhi Xinjia Decoction. For example, Guizhi plus peony and ginger each have one or two ginseng Sanliang Xinjia Decoction (Guizhi Xinjia Decoction), the amount of ginger is one or two to four taels more than Guizhi Decoction, which is intended to strengthen the power of warming the stomach and benefiting health. Article 62 of “Treatise on Febrile Diseases”: “After sweating, body pain, pulse delay, one or two cassia twigs, peony ginger, and three or two new decoctions.” After sweating, body pain is unresolved. Fayi Guizhi Decoction sweats to relieve it. However, if the pulse is too late, it is due to the deficiency of stomach qi and body fluid. Only the plain product of “grass jujube” cannot revitalize the stomach qi. Therefore, add powerful ginseng and ginger for warming the stomach to restore the stomach qi, and even more peony to nourish the stomach. Body fluid, pray to warm and nourish muscles.

3. There are 3 prescriptions for ginger with five liang prescriptions.

There are Dachaihu soup, Xuanfu Daizhe soup and Angelica ginger mutton soup. For example, the Dachaihu Decoction syndrome “emergency, vomiting”, the Xuanfu Daizhe soup syndrome “typhoid fever and sweating, if vomiting, if the symptoms, and after relieving, the heart is hard, the suffocation does not get rid of”, Angelica ginger mutton soup For the “cold hernia, abdominal pain, and hypochondriac pain”, ginger is used up to 50 taels, which is mainly reflected in the strengthening and anti-vomiting effect of the stomach.

4. Ginger uses Liuliang’s prescription. There is 1 prescription in total.

There is evodia soup. For example, “Evodia, vomiting, belongs to Yangming, and it is the master of Evodia decoction”, “For those with retching, salivation, and headache, it is the master of Evodia decoction.” The vomiting of Evodia decoction is more severe, so ginger is used to 60 taels or less. Strengthen the effects of reducing adverse effects and relieving vomiting in the stomach, combined with Evodia, ginseng, jujube, etc., have the effects of warming and replenishing deficiency, reducing nibbiness and relieving vomiting. Indications of liver and stomach deficiency and cold, turbid yin on the contrary syndrome. Symptoms: General vomiting after eating, or vomiting of acid water, or retching, or vomiting of salivation and cold foam, chest fullness, abdominal pain, peak headache, chills, cold limbs, and even with cold hands and feet, stool diarrhea, irritability Restlessness, pale tongue, white slippery fur, heavy pulse or delayed pulse. It is often used clinically to treat chronic gastritis, vomiting during pregnancy, neuropathic vomiting, neuropathic headache, otogenic vertigo and other patients with liver and stomach deficiency and cold.

5. There are 3 prescriptions for ginger.

There are Houpu Ginger Banxia Licorice Ginseng Decoction, Xiao Banxia Decoction and Angelica Sini plus Evodia Ginger Decoction. Such as “after sweating, full of abdominal distension, Magnolia ginger Pinellia licorice ginseng soup is the main one.” Symptoms are full of abdominal distension, fullness of the heart, anorexia, vomiting, thin or white fur, weak pulse and other symptoms. This prescription focuses on eliminating but not replenishing, which can be described as “seven elimination and three replenishment”. Therefore, the dosage of ginseng and licorice should be small to avoid flatulence and stagnation.

6. Other dosages total 7 cubic meters.

There are half soup of Guizhi Mahuang, one or two ginger for Chaihu and Glauber salt soup, one or two ginger for Guizhi Eryue soup, one or two ginger for Guizhi Eryue soup, one or two ginger for Guizhi two ephedra soup, Chaihu, Guizhi soup and scutellaria Add one and two halves of ginger for Banxia Decoction, and ginger for Ephedra Lianqiao Chixiaodou Decoction. The amount of ginger is small. It is mainly used for epiphysis and mild syndrome. It is used with anti-epidermis such as Guizhi, Ephedra and Bupleurum. Use Yiwei to disperse evil spirits. The so-called serious illnesses are also serious medicines, and light illnesses are also light medicines.

Three, on the dose-effect relationship of ginger

Ginger is warm, Xinneng disperses and walks, and warm energy helps the sun warm the sun. Its active part can be on the surface or inside. When the amount of ginger is small (less than two to two), it is only used in the table to help Guizhi, ephedra and other antimony drugs to dispel evil and relieve the table, and to reconcile the Yingwei. It is mostly used for the table depression and mild syndrome, such as Gui Ma Ge Ban Tang. When the amount of ginger is medium (three to four taels), it can not only take the surface, relieve the appearance and dispel cold, reconcile the camp and health, but also walk the inside. It can be used with Pinellia jujube and stomach drink to reduce the adverse effect and relieve vomiting, such as Xiao Chai Hu Tang . When ginger is used in a larger amount (more than five or two), the main effect is in the inside, and it has the functions of warming the stomach and relieving vomiting, warming the middle and reducing the inverse, warming the yang benefit, and warming the yang tonic, such as Xiaobanxia soup, Xuanfudaizhe soup, thick Piaosheng ginger pinellia licorice ginseng soup and so on. Ginger is the “sacred medicine for vomiting”. Therefore, the more severe the stomach qi is not harmonious, the more severe the stomach qi, the more serious the symptoms of vomiting, the greater the dose of ginger used by Zhongjing. Mo Meishi said in the “Explanation of Classics and Prescriptions”: “It is easy to occur on the surface, but difficult to occur on the inside.” It is the most reasonable to use large doses of ginger to treat stomach qi and other internal syndromes, and it has also been clinically verified.

This article is excerpted from “Inquiry into the Origin and Development of Classical Prescriptions”



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1.生姜用三两的方剂 共20方。


2.生姜用四两的方剂 共2方。


3.生姜用五两的方剂 共3方。


4.生姜用六两的方剂 共1方。


5.生姜用八两的方剂 共3方。


6.其他用量 共7方。