(182) Frostbite (Shang Han Lun formula)

Started by HB KIM, Sep 18, 2007, 08:50 AM

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Name: Dang Gui Si Ni Jia Wu Zhu Yu Sheng Jiang Tang
Source: Shang Han Lun

6g..... Dang Gui 
6g..... Gui Zhi 
6g..... Bai Shao 
6g..... Xi Xin  (regular dose: no more than 3g)
8g..... Gan Cao 
8g..... Mu Tong 
12g... Da Zao 
4g..... Wu Zhu Yu 
16g... Sheng Jiang 

Frostbite (congelatio in medical terminology) is the medical condition whereby damage is caused to skin and other tissues due to extreme cold. At or below 0 Celsius degree (32 Fahrenheit degree), blood vessels close to the skin start to narrow (constrict). This helps to preserve core body temperature. In extreme cold or when the body is exposed to cold for long periods, this protective strategy can reduce blood flow in some areas of the body to dangerously low levels. The combination of cold temperature and poor blood flow can cause severe tissue injury by freezing the tissue. Frostbite is most likely to happen in body parts farthest from the heart, and those with a lot of surface area exposed to cold. The initial stages of frostbite are sometimes called "frostnip", some people can feel these, some not.