Scutellaria Decoction (Huang Qin Tang)
Huang qin is one of the few herbs that enter the so-called “pivot” of the body.
Detoxifying since 220 AD. Huang Qin Tang (Scutellaria Decoction) is a simple modification of the #1 formula in Shang Han Lun style Chinese herbalism. Huang Qin Tang is pronounced “ wong chin tong“.
Huang Qin Tang
Huang Chin Tang
Scute and Licorice Combination
PHY906, PHY 906
About this formula
Recently studied as a digestive aid called
PHY906 (Huang Qin Tang) in those undergoing Western drug therapy.
Huang Qin Tang was traditionally used for gastrointestinal distress and detoxifying the intestines when resulting in burning crampy diarrhea with a strong odor.
The Yale University new site says: “The formula used in the experiment consists of four herbs, called PHY906, and is based on a herbal recipe called Huang Qin Tang, used historically to treat nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.”
黃苓 baical skullcap root, Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi (skullcap), scutellaria, scute Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis [
Regulates the Shao Yang. What’s a Shao Yang? In biomedicine there are different organs or structures that can be infected. For instance, when you have the common cold, this is an upper respiratory tract infection. In both biomedicine and Chinese medicine, an infection such as this can spread to other locations. One of these locations is called the Shao Yang which is not really an organ, more like a depth which is deeper than the skin, but not as deep as the bones. In fact, it is considered to be the “pivot” or hinge between the exterior of the body (skin, lungs, nose) and the interior of the body (stomach and intestines). This location doesn’t have an anatomical counterpart in biomedicine (some say the Shao Yang is the gallbladder, and in some contexts this is correct, just not here.) The key point about the Shao Yang is that if it is clogged up by disease or side effects of drug therapies (or drug addictions) it can undermine many digestive functions. This is its value in Huang Qin Tang as has been studied by researchers. Huang Qin (Rx. Scutellariae)
regulates digestive and intestinal functions
大棗 jujube, Chinese date Jujubae Fructus, Ziziphus jujuba Mill
Press releases describing the use of Huang Qin Tang to regulate digestive functions describe this formula’s ingredients as having a “fruit from a buckthorn tree”. This seems to be a misprint or misstatement. Other news stories have been corrected to accurately include Da Zao Chinese date as the traditional ingredient in Huang Qin tang.
The good news is that this Chinese date is sweet and delicious. It is often used in formulas to
stimulate digestive functions. Appetite and digestive functions are so important in Chinese medicine that we have a little mini-formula called the “three candies”. These three herbs can be added to many formulas to stimulate the Stomach functions. Two of these herbs (da zao date and gan cao licorice root) are in Huang Qin Tang already. The third of the three candies is included in the modifications for nausea (sheng jiang or ginger root).
白芍 white peony root, peony Paeoniae Radix alba, Paeonia lactiflora Pall [
This herb, when teamed up with Zhi Gan Cao below helps
relax abdominal cramps.
炙甘草 licorice root, Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch (licorice), Radix Glycyrrhizae prep. [
This herb is often added to formulas to harmonize the ingredients and soften side effects. This is a very sweet-tasting herb. Its name actually translates to “sweet herb”. This herb has a calming and softening quality that protects against side-effects due to the more harsh ingredients in this formula (specifically, huang qin). However in this formula, it also teams up with bai shao (Rx. Paeoniae) to relax
abdominal pain and cramps. This herb’s detoxification functions have made gan cao the darling of researchers who study herbal solutions to some of those nasty flus that have been in the news in recent years.
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Eagle Herbs is now supplying a 2 gram “little spoon”. (Please wash and dry before using.)
An “average dose” is 10 grams per day of the granules. This means 5 “little spoons” or 20 capsules each day. Each capsule is 1/2 gram.
A Big Dosage for Short-lived but intense issues: 3 little spoons (12 capsules) twice a day.
A Smaller Dosage for Lingering low-grade concerns: 2 little spoons (8 capsules) twice a day.
I f you are very sensitive to medicines: start out low (1/2 little spoon or 2 capsules) once per day, and raise the dosage each day.
We find that people find the right dosage for themselves. We don’t know your body weight, your sensitivity etc… So take what feels good for you and you get the results you are looking for. Many people get great results with taking less.
Your order will last approximately this long:
50 grams powder (100 capsules) :
4 to 14 days. 100 grams powder (200 capsules) :
8 to 28 days
Availability status: in stock