Ancient Cha Herbal Formulas: Enhancing the 24 Effects, Part One
By Brenton Harvey, LAc, CH and Hong Ji
The effects of cha herbal formulas are well-known and varied. In this three-part article, we will discuss 24 of the most well-known effects of cha herbal formulas including ingredients, dosage, how the formulas should be prepared, and functions.
Effects of Cha Herbal Formulas
1. Fight Fatigue (Xiao Shui) Effect
A. Cha Chuan Xiong Cong Bai
Radix ligusticii W.
White stalk of green onion
Function: treats coma (according to TCM dictionaries).
2. Calm Spirit (An Shen) Effect
A. Gan Jiang San
2.7 qian (8.1g)
Cha (high grade)
1.7 qian (5.1g)
Function: Post-cholera symptoms of agitation, restlessness and fidgetiness according to the ancient Song dynasty text Sheng Ji Zong Lu.
B. Family Treasure Formula (Zhou Yisheng Jia Bao Fang)
Cha (winter pick, old growth, picked after first frost)
Sheng Ming Fan
Preparation: Make into pills; roll in zhu sha powder.
Dosage: 15g, decocted
Function: Treats depressive psychosis and epilepsy caused by anxiety, melancholy, impairing heart and spleen with stasis of phlegm/qi. Manifestations of depression, lack of expression, quietness, self-muttering, fantasizing, hallucinations, paraphasia.
C. Zai Xuan Fang
Cha (spring pick)
Preparation: Cook with water, concentrated in one cup. Try to vomit or cough after ingesting formula.
Function: Treats wind phlegm-caused diseases as above formula.
D. Ru Zi Fang formula from Tea Classic text (Cha Jing)
roots of green onion
Preparation: Decocted to treat infantile convulsion caused by unknown reasons (not fright, depression, etc.).
3. Clear Vision (Ming Mu) Effect
A subject well-written about in Chinese departments of ophthalmology. Four books alone discuss over 95 different formulas for this purpose. A few are listed.
A. Bu Gan San (drink with wax tea)
wax tea (data is limited)
Function: Liver deficiency, sensitivity to light, excessive tearing.
B. Huan Jing Wan (return eyeball pill)
Preparation: Drink with green cha.
Function: Treats lu feng nei zhang condition, equating with acute angle-closure glaucoma.
C. Hu Jing Wan
Function: Treats congenital cataracts caused by kidney/spleen deficiency or excessive rest by pregnant women with wind toxin.
D. Jiu Jing Wan
Preparation: Take with green tea.
Function: Treats optic atrophy caused by kidney hives/yin deficiency.