Liu Wei Tang

English Name: Six Ingredients Decoction.

Category: Exterior Releasing.

Functions: Opens the Lungs and spreads Lung Qi, disperses Wind-Heat, benefits the throat and expells phlegm.

Indications: Liu Wei Tang is clinically indicated for externally contracted Wind-Heat syndrome manifesting with:

Tongue and Pulse: The tongue presents with a red tip and thin yellow or white coating. The pulse is superficial and rapid.


  • Jie Geng [Radix Platycodi] – 3 to 12g
  • Fang Feng [Radix Saposhnikoviae] – 3 to 10g
  • Jing Jie [Flos Schizonepeta] – 3 to 10g
  • Jiang Can [Bombyx Batryticatus]* – 3 to 10g
  • Bo He [Herba Menthae] – 3 to 6g
  • Gan Cao [Radix Glycyrrhizae] – 2 to 10g

Jiang Can is derived from the body of the Silkworm. As part of modern practice it is not used in Liu Wei Tang. It is included here only as a reference to its classical use. It modern clinical practice it may be substitued with plant based herbs such as Gou Teng [Ramulus Uncariae cum Uncis] or Tian Ma [Rhizoma Gastrodiae].

Cautions and Contra-Indications: None.