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The article is extracted from English-Chinese Concise, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Publishing House of Shanghai College of T.C.M. (1993)

Identification and Treatment

1 Yin Deficiency of the Liver and Kidney.

Main Manifestations: Early cataract with senile debility, dizziness, tinnitus, and soreness of the low back. Red tongue with scanty coating or without coating, thready and rapid pulse.

Therapeutic Method: Nourish the liver and kidney.

Decoction: Prepared rehmannia root 24g, Chinese yam 9g, dogwood fruit 9g, moutan bark 9g, oriental water plantain rhizome 9g, poria 9g, schisandra fruit 9g, Chinese angelica root 9g, sesame seed 12g, mulberry fruit 12g, cassia seed 12g, and wolfberry fruit 12g.

External Treatment: Use the needle to dissect the cataract.

2 Deficiency of the Liver and Dampness of the Spleen

Main Manifestations: Early cataract, plumpy constitution, mental fatigue and lassitude, edema in lower limbs in the afternoon or after tiredness. Pale tongue, feeble pulse.

Therapeutic Method: Tonify the liver, strengthen the spleen and dry the damp.

Decoction: Prepared rehmannia root 24g, Chinese angelica root 9g, chuanxiong rhizome 9g, white peony root 9g, red tangerine peel 9g, prepared pinellia tuber 9g, raw licorice 9g, plantain seed (decocted in bag) 9g, betel nut 12g, chrysanthemum 12g, pleione rhizome 3g, and poria 9g.

Medicated Diet

1 Decoct 15g of Siberian solomonseal rhizome, 9g of wolfberry fruit, 3g of chrysanthemum flower, 18g of pearl shell, 9g of dried tangerine peel and a right amount of brown sugar in water. Take one dose daily, for 10 – 15 days successively. The decoction is applied to the type of kidney yin deficiency.

2 Wrap 3g of bat’s feces, 30g of Chinese yam, 9g of dodder seed in a piece of cloth. Add 2500ml of water and boil the drugs until 1500ml of decoction is left. Then, put 60g of polished round grained rice and right amount of brown sugar into the decoction to make gruel after removing the dregs. Take the gruel a dose a day, 15 – 20 doses successively. The recipe is suitable for the type of deficiency of both the liver and spleen.

3 Have 10 sparrows. Get rid of their feathers, wings, claws and beaks, and smash their intestines, stomachs, bones and flesh together. Have magnetite 30g calcined and dipped into vinegar repeatedly for 7 times, and then grind it into fine powder. Grind medicated leaven 30g into fine powder after it is fired. Grind halite 30g and desert living cistanche 30g into powder after they have been soaked in wine and wine-fried. Grind dodder seed 90g into powder after it has been soaked in wine for 3 days and dried under the sunlight. Make pills with all the above powder and a right amount of rice wine and honey by refining them into soft extract, with each pill in 0.6g. Take 20 pills each time, twice a day, after being infused with warm wine. Take them for several days successively.

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