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Table 2 The ingredients, dosage, and actions of herbal medicines in bimin decoction (enough for seven doses)

From: Efficacy of Bimin decoction for patients with perennial allergic rhinitis: an open-label non-inferiority randomized controlled trial

IngredientDosage (g)Actions
Saposhnikovia divaricata root (fangfeng)10Dispels wind-cold to prevent muscular interstices from invasion by exogenous pathogenic factors
Astragalus root (huangqi)15Strengthens physiological defenses and reduces edema
Atractylodes root (baizhu)10Consolidate the exterior of body and enhances immunologic function
Cassia twig (guizhi)6Warms yang and dispels cold
Radix paeoniae alba root (baishao)10Astringes acid to nourish the yin of the body
Prunus mume fruit (wumei)6Astringes lung qi to consolidate the base of life
Fructus chebulae fruit (hezi)6Astringes lung qi to consolidate the base of life
Asarum heterotropoides root (xixin)3Eliminates wind to disperse cold and reduce edema
Schisandra chinensis fruit (wuweizi)6Astringing lung qi to consolidate the base of life
Herba ephedrae stem (mahuang)3Relieving exterior and eliminating wind to dispersing cold
Licorice root (gancao)6Reconciling all the other herbals