Running Piglet and Depression
I am busy preparing an Ebook for the White Pine Circle‘s February resources. Our theme is Ge Gen and so I am translating material on classical formulas that include Ge Gen. One such lesser known formula is Ben Tun Tang (Running Piglet Decoction). Sometimes I run across a case that rivets my attention and I am sharing one of these today. I love that the doctor, Dr. Xióng Jìbǎi 熊继柏 is writing in a narrative style and that he is clearly using this case to teach us. I found this case in The Path of Clinical Experience with Classical Formulas for Modern Distinguished Physicians《当代经方名家临床之路》. I also love how the pharmacy was missing a key herb, Li Gen Bai Pi, which is the peel of the plum tree root, so he went out into the valley and dug some up himself! Enjoy the case!
The patient, Ms. Cheng, was age 46 and was a peasant. At the start of her illness she had dizzy spells with restlessness and palpitations. She shut herself in a room and gradually would not get out of bed. She had photophobia so she kept the room […]