Some multiple formulas for single maladies

In Chinese medicine, there may be several formulas to remedy a single malady.  For example, there are three formulas for acute bacterial diarrhea, and two formulas for acute enteritis.  A decoction of Scutellaria baicalensis, Radix paeoniae rubrae, and Glycyrrhiza uralensis is used to remedy acute bacterial diarrhea.  Another decoction for the same malady consists of Phellodendron chinense, Pulsatilla chinensis, Fraxinus bungeana, and Coptis chinensis.  A third formula for acute bacterial diarrhea is the powder of Phellodendron chinense.  The two decoctions for acute enteritis are:  First, Scutellaria baicalensis, Radix paeoniae rubrae, and Glycyrrhiza uralensis; and second, Scutellaria baicalensis, Radix paeoniae rubrae, Glycyrrhiza uralensis, and Pueraria lobata.  The second is a remedy for acute enteritis with high fever and thirst.  In general, a malady with different symptoms are treated with slightly different combinations of herbs.  Some herbs are added to address different or additional symptoms.

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Victor Chen, herbalist, alternative healthcare lecturer, Chinese affairs analyst, retired journalist
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