Purging Lung Powder / xie bai san / 瀉白散

Purging Lung Powder
(xie bai san 瀉白散)

Source: Key to Differentiation and Treatment of Children's Diseases 《小兒藥証直訣》

di gu pi wolfberry root-bark Lycii Radicis Cortex 地骨皮
sang bai pi white mulberry root-bark Cortex Mori Radicis 桑白皮
jiu gan cao liquorice root (processed with honey) Radix Glycyrrhizae praeparata 炙甘草
geng mi long-grained rice 粳米

Indications: For coughing, wheezing, and fever with skin that feels hot to the touch, all of which are likely to worsen in the late afternoon. Other symptoms may include a dry mouth, a red tongue with yellow coating, and the pulse is thready and rapid. With appropriate medication, modern TCM uses this prescription in bronchitis, pneumonia, pertussis, tuberculosis, and in the early stages of measles.