Wen Dan Tang - Resolve phlegm and Dry Damp
"Warm the Gallbladder Decoction"
Syndrome: Phlegm heat, GB/ST disharmony, HT deficiency with GB timidity
Action: regulates qi, transforms phlegm heat, clears the GB, tonifies HT, and harmonizes the ST
key Sx:
- transforms phlegm heat (restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, bitter taste in mouth)
- transforms phlegm (swollen limbs, focal distension, no appetite, slight thirst, indeterminate gnawing hunger)
- phlegm flows upward (dizziness, vertigo, palpitations, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, retching, epilepsy, seizure with copious sputum)
- (T: yellow greasy coat) (P: rapid, slippery)

Remember: "When Dancing"
When dancing Ban Xia joined the Zhu Ru tribe and turned into a spinning chimpanzee, but when her fried granny cow saw her acting foolish it made her remember going on dates when she was a young fresh ginger.

< K: Ban Xia, Zhu Ru
M: Chen Pi, Zhi Shi
A: Fu Ling
A2: sheng jiang, da zao
G: Zhi Gan Cao

Cautions / Contraindications:

    Modern Applications
  • Chronic bronchitis, gastritis, peptic ulcer, goiter, Meniere's syndrome
  • The core of Wen Dan Tang is Er Chen Tang (this is a common board exam question)
  • Although Wen Dan Tang's name means "warm the gallbladder decoction" it is actually used to clear phlegm heat, and tonify the heart with gallbladder timidity.
  • Wen Dan Tang has several different origins and has variations of ingredients by Sun Si-Miao (625 AD) and Chen Wu-Zhi (1174 AD). The ingredients section of this page is Wen Dan Tang according to Dan Bensky, Randall Barolet (1990). In one variation Sun Si Miao removes Fu Ling and Da Zao, while in another variation Chen Wu Zhi removes only Fu Ling.

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