Case Number 42
This very brief case does not stand out initially. There is no argument with other physicians or family members, and the diagnosis and treatment are straightforward. However, the second formula Xu prescribes is intriguing, since it includes a rhinoceros horn. His use of this ingredient is not unique, but the fact that a common physician is prescribing it suggests that during the Song it was not extremely rare – assuming that Xu used the real thing. His use of the two formulas is also unusual, since the first one is designed to drain heat and break up blood stasis and the second aims to clear heat, resolve fire toxicity, cool the blood and resolve its stasis. Although some of the effects of the two formulas are similar, it is unclear why Xu prescribes the two in sequence.
- Scheid, Volker, Dan Bensky, Andrew Ellis, and Randall Barolet. 2009. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies. Seattle: Eastland Press.Google Scholar