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TCM Herbs with Acrid Properties



Acrid - General Concepts



132 Herbs In Our Database Have Acrid Properties

Ai Ye

  • Mugwort Leaf, Moxa
    • Warms the womb and stops bleeding - useful in cases of prolonged menstrual bleeding and uterine bleeding due to cold from deficiency patterns.
    • Warms the womb and pacifies the fetus - restless fetus syndrome, lower abdominal pain (menstrual), vaginal bleeding as in threatened miscarriage, infertility due to cold womb.
    • Used often as moxibustion for tonification and the movement of qi stagnation.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Ba Dou

  • Croton Seed
    • Vigorously purges, warmly unblocks - severe cold accumulation in the interior leading to constipation and abdominal fullness and pain.
    • Drives out water and reduces edema - ascites.
    • Bursts clogged phlegm and improves condition of throat - difficult breathing due to phlegm in the throat, wheezing.
    • Promotes healing of abscesses and ulcers - topically, accelerates ulcerating process.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Antagonist with Qian Niu Zi
    • Avoid in Pregnancy
    • Toxic - very irritating to the skin and musous membranes

Ba Ji Tian

  • Morinda Root
    • Tonify kidneys, strengthen yang - impotence, male or female infertility, premature ejaculation, frequent urination, urinary incontinence, irregular menses, low back pain and weakness, cold and painful abdomen.
    • Strengthen sinews and bones - back pain, muscular atrophy.
    • Expel wind/damp cold - back and leg qi pain, bi syndromes.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Bai Dou Kou

  • Round Cardamon Fruit, White Cardamon
    • Transforms dampness - low appetite, greasy tongue coat, stifling sensation in the chest.
    • Warms the middle warmer (stomach/spleen) and descends rebellious qi - vomiting due to cold from spleen/stomach qi deficiency or stomach cold.
    • Transforms stagnation - fullness in the chest.
  • Aromatic Herbs That Transform Dampness

Bai Fu Zi

  • Typhonium Rhizome
    • Dries dampness, transforms phlegm, expels wind-cold, stops spasms - wind-phlegm affecting the head including wind stroke, facial paralysis, hemiplegia, migraines.
    • Relieves toxicity, dissipates nodules - snake bite, scrofula.
  • Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold
  • Cautions
    • Toxic - Avoid during Pregnancy.

Bai Ji Li

Bai Jiang Cao

  • Patrinia, Thiaspi
    • Clears heat, relieves toxicity, and expels pus - intestinal abscess, sores, swellings.
    • Dispels blood stasis, stops pain - for heat induced blood stasis, especially in the abdomen and chest; also for post-partum pain, post-operative pain.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Bai Jie Zi

  • White Mustard Seed
    • Warms the lungs, regulates qi, expels cold-phlegm - cough with copious and thin sputum, chest distention, pain due to accumulation of phlegm-cold, especially for chronic disorders.
    • Dissipates nodules, reduces swelling, alleviates pain (both joint and body), yin type boils.
  • Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold

Bai Qian

  • Cynanchum Rhizome
    • Redirects lung qi down, expels phlegm - cough with copious sputum (but difficult to expectorate) and gurgling in throat, wheezing.
  • Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold

Bai Zhi

Ban Xia

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  • Pinellia Rhizome
    • Dries dampness, transforms cold-phlegm, descends rebellious qi - cough with copious sputum especially due to dampness of spleen.
    • Harmonizes stomach, stops vomiting due to lingering phlegm-dampness in the stomach.
    • Dissipates nodules, reduces distension - phlegm in chest or neck or anywhere in the body, focal distention in the chest.
  • Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold
  • Cautions

Ban Zhi Lian

Bing Lang

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  • Betel Nut, Areca Seeds
    • Kills parasites - tapeworms, pinworms, roundworms, blood flukes, helps expel body of worms as well.
    • Promote movement of Qi, reduce stagnation - drains down and unblocks the bowels, food accumulation, abdominal distention, constipation, tenesmus.
    • Promote urination - damp phlegm and malarial disorders.
  • Herbs That Expel Parasites

Bing Pian

Bo He

  • Field Mint, Mentha
    • Expels wind heat particularly from the head region - fever, headaches, red eyes, cough, sore throat.
    • Vents rashes - accelerates the activity of rashes towards the surface to quicken healing.
    • Resolves LV Qi Stagnation - emotional issues, PMS, menstrual issues, pressure in chest or sides of body.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • Cautions
    • May contribute to insufficient lactation in nursing mothers
    • Avoid excessive sweating/use in weak patients or those who sweat easily
    • May injure yin, use caution in yin deficiency patients

Bu Gu Zhi

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  • Psoralea Fruit
    • Tonify Kidney, strengthen yang - impotence, premature ejaculation, cold and painful lower back.
    • Stabilizes jing and reserves urine - enuresis, incontinence of urine, frequent urination, spermatorrhea.
    • Tonify and strengthen spleen yang - cold deficient spleen diarrhea, borborygmus, abdominal pain.
    • Aids kidneys to grasp lung qi - wheezing, asthma.
    • Apply topically for alopecia, psoriasis, vitiligo.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Can Sha

  • Silkworm Feces
    • Expels wind-damp - bi syndromes, itchy rashes due to wind-damp.
    • Harmonizes the stomach, transforms turbid dampness - vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, abdominal pain, borborygmus.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

Cang Zhu

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  • Atractylodes
    • Strongly dries dampness, strengthens spleen - low appetite, diarrhea, epigastric distention, fatigue, vomiting, greasy tongue coat.
    • Expels wind-damp-cold (bi-syndrome) in extremities.
    • Clears damp-heat from lower burner (combine with clear-heat herbs, however, as this has a warm nature (for example, Er Miao San) - vaginal discharge, swollen and sore joints.
    • Induces sweating, release the exterior.
    • Improves vision.
  • Aromatic Herbs That Transform Dampness

Cao Dou Kou

Chai Hu

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  • Thorowax Root, Bupleurum
    • Clears shao yang disorders and reduces fever - alternating chills and fever, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability, vomiting, stifling sensation in the chest.
    • Relieves liver qi stagnation (often used with Bai Shao) - vertigo, menstrual disorders, chest and flank pain, the most common herb to treat stress, irritability, depression, etc.; also for liver and spleen disharmony - bloating, nausea, indigestion, flank pain.
    • Raises yang qi in spleen and stomach deficiency patterns (often used with Sheng Ma) - prolapsed organ, diarrhea, hemorrhoids.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • Cautions
    • Due to its rising and dispersing nature avoid in yin deficiency or liver yang rising.
    • May cause nausea or vomiting - use a smaller dose if necessary.

Chang Shan

Chen Pi

  • Tangerine Peel
    • Regulates Qi, improves transportive function of the spleen, relieves diaphragm - epigastric/abdominal distention, fullness, bloating, belching, nausea, vomiting (promotes movement of qi in general; specifically directing it downward - good for different types of nausea/vomiting).
    • Important herb for drying dampness and the transformation of phlegm - coughs with stifling sensation in the chest/diaphragm, and copious viscous sputum (qi-level herb).
    • Prevents stagnation - prevents cloying of tonifying herbs.
    • Ju Hong is the red part of the tangerine peel - it is more drying and aromatic.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Chen Xiang

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  • Aloeswood
    • Promotes the movement of Qi, alleviates pain - distention and pain in abdominal region due to cold from deficiency or blood stasis.
    • Directs rebellious Qi downward - excess/deficiency wheezing, vomiting, belching, hiccups due to cold from deficiency of the middle jiao.
    • Helps the kidneys grasp Qi - asthma and wheezing.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Chuan Jiao

  • Szechuan Pepper
    • Warms the middle warmer, disperses cold, alleviates abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea - spleen or stomach cold from deficiency patterns.
    • Abdominal pain due to roundworms (auxiliary herb).
  • Herbs That Warm the Interior and Expel Cold

Chuan Xiong

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  • Szechuan Lovage Root
    • Invigorate blood, promote movement of Qi - any blood stasis pattern, important for gynecological issues (amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, difficult labor, lochioschesis).
    • Expels wind and alleviates pain - headache (temporal, vertex), dizziness, painful obstructions, skin issues.
    • Headache - moves qi upward and alleviates pain; headaches due to wind, heat, cold, blood deficiency.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood

Ci Shi

  • Magnetite
    • Anchors and calms the spirit - restlessness, palpitations, insomnia, tremors, especially with yin deficiency and ascending yang, dizziness, vertigo.
    • Tonify the kidneys and liver - improve hearing and vision.
    • Helps kidneys to grasp the qi - chronic asthma.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit

Cong Bai

  • Spring Onion
    • Releases exterior, induces sweating (early stages of wind-cold)
    • Disperses cold, unblocks yang - abdominal pain, nasal congestion
    • Apply topically for dispersing masses - abscesses, sores, etc.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in exterior deficiency w/profuse sweating
    • No honey in decoction

Da Fu Pi

  • Areca Peel, Betel Husk
    • Promotes the downward movement of Qi, reduces stagnation - food stagnation and qi obstruction w/epigastric and abdominal distention, belching, acid regurgitation, constipation.
    • Expels damp, promotes urination - edema, dampness in the stomach and intestines.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Dang Gui

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  • Chinese Angelica Root
    • Tonifies the blood, regulates menses - pallid, ashen complexion, tinnitus, blurred vision, palpitations, irregular menses, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea.
    • Invigorates/harmonizes the blood, disperses cold - important herb to stop pain due to blood stasis - abdominal pain, trauma, carbuncles due to blood stasis, chronic bi.
    • Moistens dry intestines due to blood deficiency.
    • Reduces swellings, expels pus, generates flesh - sores.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

Ding Xiang

Du Huo

Du Zhong

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  • Eucommia Bark
    • Tonify liver and kidneys, strengthen sinews and bones - weak, painful knees and lower back, fatigue, frequent urination.
    • Promotes smooth flow of qi and blood circulation.
    • Calms the fetus - for cold deficient kidney patterns with bleeding during pregnancy, prevents miscarriages from deficiency.
    • Recently used for dizziness from liver yang rising (hypertension).
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

E Zhu

  • Zeodoaria Rhizome
    • Breaks up blood stasis, promotes movement of Qi, alleviates pain - abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, abdominal masses, epigastric masses due to blood stasis.
    • Dissolve food stagnation, accumulations.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Do Not Use During Pregnancy

Fo Shou

  • Finger Citron Fruit
    • Regulates and soothes liver Qi - rib pain and distention, belching.
    • Harmonizes the stomach and strengthens the spleen - epigastric pain and distention, lack of appetite, belching, vomiting.
    • Dries dampness and transforms phlegm - chronic cough with phlegm and chest pain (weak, not well suited for acute conditions).
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Fu Ping

  • Duckweed, Spirodela
    • Expels exterior heat - headaches, body ache, strong diaphoretic (rare in cool and acrid herbs), may be used alone.
    • Unblocks muscle level, vents rashes - accelerates rash at early stage.
    • Expels water, reduces swelling - hot superficial edema in the upper body accompanied by urinary difficulty.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in cases with profuse sweating.
    • Avoid in cases of exterior deficiency.

Fu Zi

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  • Prepared Aconite Root
    • Restores devastated yang - extreme cold limbs with abundant cold symptoms.
    • Assists heart yang to unblock vessels and improve circulation, tonifies kidney yang to augment fire and avoid loss of the basal yang.
    • Warms fire and assists yang - any problem associated with weak heart, spleen, and/or kidneys.
    • Disperses cold, warms the channels, alleviates pain - wind-damp-cold bi, cold blocking organs, channels, sinews, bones or blood vessels.
  • Herbs That Warm the Interior and Expel Cold
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.
    • Avoid in yin deficiency with false cold and true heat.

Gan Jiang

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  • Dried Ginger Root
    • Warms the middle and expels cold - warms spleen and stomach both in conditions of excess due to externally contacted cold, as well as cold from deficiency due to yang qi deficiency.
    • Rescues devastated yang, expels interior cold - very weak pulse and cold limbs.
    • Warms the lungs and transforms phlegm - lung cold with thin, watery or white sputum.
    • Warms the channels, stops bleeding - hemorrhage of various types, especially for uterine bleeding (must be due to cold - chronic and pale in color, with cold limbs, soggy pulse).
  • Herbs That Warm the Interior and Expel Cold

Gao Ben

  • Chinese Lovage Root, Ligusticum Root
    • Expels wind-cold, vertex headaches (teeth/jaw pain)
    • Dispels wind and dampness - useful for wind-cold-damp bi-syndromes and/or acute lower back pain from wind cold
    • Resolve dampness effecting stomach/spleen
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in Blood and/or Yin Deficiency

    Gao Liang Jiang

    Ge Gen

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    • Kudzu Root, Pueraria
      • Releases muscles, clears heat - exterior disease in subcutaneous region and muscles (governed by spleen and stomach) - fever, headache, stiffness in the back and the neck.
      • Nourishes fluids, alleviates thirst - stomach heat, externally-contracted heat.
      • Vents measles - accelerates rash at early stages.
      • Alleviates diarrhea - diarrhea or dysenterial disorders due to heat; may be used for spleen deficiency diarrhea if combined with other herbs.
      • Alleviates symptoms of hypertension - headaches, dizziness, tinnitus.
    • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat

    Guang Fang Zi

    • Aristolochia Root, Stephania
      • Expels wind-damp-heat - diffuse aches and pains, thirst, yellow, greasy tongue coat.
      • Promotes urination and reduces edema (facial or systemic) with wheezing or leg qi.
    • Herbs That Drain Dampness
    • Cautions
      • Toxic - can lead to renal failure.

    Gui Zhi

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    • Cinnamon Twig
      • Releases muscle layer and adjusts ying and wei qi levels
      • Useful in wind-cold-damp bi syndromes to warm channels and disperse cold
      • Resolves blood stagnation particularly from cold - dysmenorrhea
      • Unblocks yang qi in the chest - shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations
      • Resolve edema and accumulation of cold phlegm
    • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
    • Cautions
      • Avoid in wind-heat and/or empty heat conditions
      • Avoid in heat in the blood, particularly w/vomiting

    Hai Feng Teng

    Hai Tong Pi

    • Coral Bean Bark
      • Dispels wind-damp (hot or cold), unblocks the channels - bi syndromes, especially in the lower back and/or knees or spasms of the extremities.
      • Promotes urination, reduces edema - superficial edema due to dampness.
      • Itchy skin - lesions, scabies.
    • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

    Han Fang Zi

    • Stephania Root
      • Promotes urination, reduces edema - lower extremity edema, borborygmus, abdominal distention, ascites from lower jiao damp accumulation.
      • Expels wind-damp-heat, alleviates pain - fever, red, swollen, hot, painful joints.
    • Herbs That Drain Dampness

    Han Shui Shi

    • Calcitum
      • Drains fire and expels summer-heat - high fever, irritability, thirst, yellow tongue coat associated with summer heat.
      • Burns and sores, throat and oral ulcers (topically).
    • Herbs That Drain Fire
    • Cautions
      • Avoid in cold cases arising from spleen or stomach deficiency.

    Hong Hua

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    • Safflower Flower
      • Invigorate blood, unblock menstruation - blood stasis patterns w/amenorrhea, abdominal pain, post partum dizziness, lochioschesis, abdominal masses.
      • Dispels blood stasis, alleviates pain - blood stasis wounds and pain, carbuncles, dark purplish erythema, rash, chest pain due to blood stasis.
    • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
    • Cautions
      • Avoid During Pregnancy

    Hou Po

    • Magnolia Bark
      • Promotes movement of Qi, transforms dampness, resolves stagnation - dampness in spleen/stomach, food stagnation, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal distention (*important herb for this).
      • Warms and transforms phlegm and directs rebellious lung Qi downward - wheezing, phlegm with coughing, stifling sensation in the chest.
    • Aromatic Herbs That Transform Dampness
    • Cautions
      • Avoid During Pregnancy

    Huo Xiang

    Ji Xue Cao

    • Asiatic Pennywort, Gotu Kola
      • Useful for gastrointestinal disorders related to damp heat - pain, dysentery, enteritis.  Liver involved symptoms such as jaundice.
      • Diarrhea from summerheat.
      • Cools the blood and stops bleeding - nosebleeds, bleeding in the urine, uterine bleeding.
      • Useful to clear heat from the liver and benefit the eyes - glaucoma, cataracts, pinkeye.
    • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness
    • Cautions
      • Use with caution in pregnancy.

    Jiang Can

    • Silkworm
      • Extinguishes liver wind, stops spasms and convulsions - childhood convulsions or facial paralysis, seizures from liver-wind or wind-phlegm-heat.
      • Expels wind, stops pain - headache, red eyes, sore, swollen throat from an OPI or liver wind, loss of voice.
      • Transforms phlegm, dissipates nodules - phlegm-heat scrofula and other phlegm nodules.
      • Expels wind and stops itching.
    • Herbs That Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors

    Jiang Huang

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    • Tumeric Rhizome
      • Invigorate blood, unblock menses - chest and abdominal pain, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, pain and swelling due to trauma.
      • Promote the movement of Qi, alleviate pain - epigastric and/or abdominal pain.
      • Expel wind, promote movement of blood - wind damp painful obstruction w/blood stasis (particularly in the shoulders).
    • Herbs That Invigorate Blood

    Jiang Xiang

    • Dalbergia Heartwood
      • Disperses blood stasis, stops bleeding - internal injuries due to trauma, fracture.
      • Invigorates blood, promotes qi movement - epigastric and abdominal pain.
    • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

    Jie Geng

    Jing Jie

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    • Schizonepeta Stem
      • Expels wind and releases the exterior - useful for either wind-cold or wind-heat
      • Useful for boils, carbuncles, etc. in the initial stages
      • Resolve itching (wind-heat in the blood level), may be used topically
      • Stops bleeding, blood in stool (secondary herb), uterine bleeding
    • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
    • Cautions
      • Avoid in measles and/or w/open sores
      • Caution with exterior deficiency
      • Avoid with liver wind patterns

    Jiu Jie Chang Pu

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    • Altaica Rhizome
      • Opens the Orifices and Transforms Phlegm - Seizures from high fevers, strong psychiatric illnesses, loss of consciousness and/or very muddled thinking, tinnitus, deafness.
      • Stagnant energy in the chest, abdominal distention, bloating.
      • Wind damp related arthritis.
    • Herbs That Open Orifices
    • Cautions
      • Use with caution in patients with yin deficiency or yang rising.

    Ju Hong

    Kuan Dong Hua

    Lai Fu Zi

    • Radish/Turnip Seeds
      • Reduces food stagnation, transforms accumulations - distention, belching with a rotten smell, acid regurgitation.
      • Descends lung qi, reduces phlegm - chronic cough or wheezing due to excess syndromes.
    • Herbs That Relieve Food Stagnation
    • Cautions
      • Avoid in cases of Stomach Fire.
      • Avoid during Pregnancy.

    Lian Qiao

    Ma Bo

    Ma Dou Ling

    • Birthwort Fruit
      • Clears the lungs, transforms phlegm - cough, wheezing due to either lung heat or lung deficiency accompanied by heat signs, as long as there is phlegm clogging the lungs.
      • Hypertension, bleeding hemorrhoids.
    • Herbs That Relieve Coughing and Wheezing
    • Cautions
      • Contains Aristolochic Acid.

    Ma Huang

    • Ephedra
      • Induce sweating to release the exterior, disperse cold
      • Disperse lung qi, wheezing
      • Promote urination and reduces edema
    • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
    • Cautions
      • Not for long-term use as sweating will weaken the qi
      • Use cautiously in deficiency condition
      • May cause and/or contribute to hypertension, insomnia, mental restlessness

      Man Jing Zi

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      • Vitex Fruit Seed
        • Disperses wind, clears heat - wind-heat especially with headache or eye pain.
        • Wind-heat in the liver channel - excessive tearing, red-painful-swollen eyes, floaters.
        • Drains damp, expels wind - supporting herb for stiff, numb, cramping, and/or heavy limbs.
      • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
      • Cautions
        • Avoid in cases of Stomach Qi Deficiency.
        • Avoid in headaches or eye problems that arise from yin/blood deficient heat.

      Mang Xiao

      • Glauber's Salt
        • Purges accumulations, guides out stagnation - heat in the stomach and intestines with constipation; moistens dryness and softens hardness.
        • Clears heat, reduces swelling - red, swollen, painful eyes, mouth, and/or throat; red, swollen skin lesions including breast problems.
      • Herbs That Drain Downward
      • Cautions
        • Avoid during Pregnancy, while nusrsing, during menstruation.
        • Avoid in the elderly.
        • Avoid in cases of excess heat.

      Mi Tuo Seng

      Mu Dan Pi

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      • Tree Peony Root Cortex
        • Clears Heat (excess and deficient), Cools Blood. Nose bleed, bloody sputum or vomit, subcutaneous bleeding, frequent and profuse menses due to heat in the Blood.
        • Clear Deficient Fire. Yin deficiency patterns such as steaming bone disorder after a warm-febrile disease particularly those without sweating.
        • Clears Liver Blood Stasis. Amenorrhea, abdominal masses, bruises.
        • Clears Rising Liver Fire. Headache, eye pain, flank pain, flushing, dysmenorrhea.
        • Drains Pus, Reduces Swelling. Used topically for non-draining sores. Used internally for intestinal abscess.
      • Herbs That Cool The Blood
      • Cautions
      • Avoid in Pregnancy, Excess Menses due to Blood moving action.

      Mu Xiang

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      • Costus Root
        • Promotes the movement of Qi, alleviates pain - stagnant qi of the stomach and/or spleen causing lack of appetite, abdominal pain, distention, nausea; liver or gallbladder qi stagnation causing flank pain, distention.
        • Regulates stagnated Qi in the intestines - diarrhea, abdominal pain (common herb to treat tenesmus).
        • Strengthens the spleen and prevents stagnation, used with tonifying herbs to reduce side effects.
      • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

      Niu Bang Zi

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      • Great Burdock Fruit, Arctium
        • Expels wind-heat (acrid), benefits throat - fever, cough, sore, red, swollen throat.
        • Clears heat (bitter, cold), relieves toxicity, vents rashes - red swellings, carbuncles, mumps, acute febrile rashes, early stages of measles with incomplete expression.
        • Moistens intestines (rich plant oil - slippery) - constipation due to wind-heat (cold nature of the herb).
      • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
      • Cautions
        • Avoid in qi deficiency, diarrhea, lack of excess heat.
        • Avoid when open sores and/or carbuncles are present.

      Pei Lan

      Pu Huang

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      • Cattail Pollen, Bulrush
        • Stops bleeding (external and internal) - traumatic injury, uterine bleeding, vomiting blood, nosebleed, coughing blood, blood in urine or stool.
        • Invigorate blood, dispels stasis - chest pain, postpartum abdominal pain, menstrual pain due to blood stasis.
      • Herbs That Stop Bleeding
      • Cautions
        • Avoid During Pregnancy

      Qian Hu

      Qian Niu Zi

      • Morning Glory Seed
        • Drives out water - for heat accumulation in the stomach or intestines, severe constipation, abdominal distention, urinary difficulty (water is expelled through urine and stool).
        • Unblocks the bowels and removes accumulations - constipation due to accumulation and stagnation of damp-heat in the stomach and intestines.
        • Drives out phlegm and congested fluids - cough, wheezing, chest fullness.
        • Expels intestinal parasites and reduces food stagnation - roundworm or tapeworm infestations and food stagnation.
      • Herbs That Drain Downward
      • Cautions
        • Antagonist with Ba Dou
        • Avoid during Pregnancy.
        • Toxic, may cause nausea, vomiting.

      Qiang Huo

      Qin Jiao

      Qing Fen

      • Calomel
        • Relieves toxicity, kills parasites - external wash for scabies and syphilitic chancres.
        • Expels water and unblocks the bowels and bladder.
      • Herbs For External Applications

      Qing Pi

      • Green Tangerine Peel
        • Spreads liver Qi and breaks up stagnation - liver Qi stagnation symptoms such as distention and pain in the chest, breast, and/or hypochondriac regions; hernial pain.
        • Reduces food stagnation - pain in the epigastrium.
        • Dries dampness and transforms phlegm - malarial disorders w/phlegm, dampness, and breast abscesses.
        • Raises blood pressure.
      • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

      Quan Xie

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      • Scorpion
        • Extinguishes liver wind, stops tremors and convulsions - liver wind phlegm patterns with spasms, acute/chronic childhood convulsions, tetanus, seizures, tremors, very effective!.
        • Fire toxic nodules - topically on toxic sores, swellings.
        • Unblocks the collaterals - painful headaches.
      • Herbs That Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors
      • Cautions
        • Do not use during pregnancy.
        • Avoid in Cases of Internal Wind with Blood Deficiency.

      Rou Dou Kou

      • Nutmeg Seeds
        • Binds the intestines, stops chronic/daybreak diarrhea due to cold from spleen and kidney deficiency.
        • Warms the middle burner, moves Qi - alleviates pain in abdomen, vomiting due to cold from deficiency of the spleen and stomach.
      • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

      Rou Gui

      • Dried Cinammon Bark
        • Warms the kidneys and fortifies yang - aversion to cold, cold limbs, weak back, impotence, frequent urination; also for waning of spleen and kidney yang with abdominal pain and cold, reduced appetite, diarrhea; wheezing due to failure of the kidneys to grasp the Qi.
        • Leads floating yang back to its source - upward floating of deficient yang; flushed face, wheezing, severe sweating (like oil), weak and cold lower extremities, deficient and rootless pulse (false heat-true cold, or heat above-cold below).
        • Disperses deep cold, warms the channels, alleviates pain due to cold causing qi or blood stasis; amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea.
        • Encourages generation of Qi and blood.
      • Herbs That Warm the Interior and Expel Cold
      • Cautions

      Ru Xiang

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      • Frankincense
        • Invigorate blood, dispel blood stasis, alleviate pain - trauma, carbuncles and swellings, chest and/or abdominal pain.
        • Relax the sinews, invigorates the channels, alleviates pain - bi syndromes, rigidity, spasms.
        • Reduces swellings, generates flesh - topically for sores, carbuncles, traumatic injury.
      • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
      • Cautions
        • Avoid During Pregnancy

      San Leng

      Sha Ren

      She Xiang

      • Navel Gland Secretions of Musk Deer
        • Opens the orifices, revives the spirit, unblocks closed disorders (a wide variety of problems that impair consciousness) - heat entering the pericardium, convulsions, delirium, stupor fainting, closed disorders, tetanic collapse, phlegm collapse, seizures.
        • Invigorates the blood, dissipates clumps, reduces swelling, alleviates pain - toxic sores, carbuncles, fixed masses, channel obstructions due to trauma.
      • Herbs That Open Orifices
      • Cautions
        • Do not use during pregnancy.

      Shen Qu

      Sheng Jiang

      • Fresh Ginger Rhizome
        • Release the exterior, wind-cold, regulate ying and wei qi
        • Warms the middle jiao - stomach cold/vomiting
        • Alleviates coughing, warms lung
        • Reduces toxicity of other herbs
      • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
      • Cautions
        • Avoid w/heat in LU or ST
        • Use cautiously in patients with hypertension

        Sheng Ma

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        • Black Cohosh Rhizome, Bugbane Rhizome
          • Releases the exterior, vents muscles - accelerates the early stages of skin rashes, headache from wind-heat (forehead - stomach channel).
          • Clears heat, relieves toxicity - toxins in the upper or superficial areas, swelling, painful, sore gums, lips, and/or throat.
          • Raises yang, lifts spleen qi sinking (strong than Ge Gen) - for middle qi deficiency leading to shortness of breath, fatigue, prolapse of stomach, uterus, or rectum.
          • Serves to guide other herbs upwards.
        • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
        • Cautions
          • Avoid in cases of yin-deficient heat, upper-excesses and lower deficiencies.
          • Avoid with fully erupted measles.
          • Avoid in patients with breathing difficulties.

        Shi Chang Pu

        Shi Gao

        • Gypsum
          • The most important herb to clear internal heat, especially in the qi and yang ming levels.
          • Clears heat, drains fire (heavy, descending) - high fever with no chills, excessive thirst, sweating, flooding and big pulse (the "4 bigs"), irritability, red tongue with yellow coat.
          • Clears excess lung heat - cough, wheezing, fever, thick yellow sputum.
          • Clears blazing stomach fire - headache, toothache, painful and swollen gums.
          • Topically for eczema, burns, ulcerated sores; may also be taken internally.
        • Herbs That Drain Fire
        • Cautions
          • Avoid in patients with a weak stomach, weak pulse, and yang deficiency.
          • Avoid in cases with heat from yin deficiency.

        Su He Xiang

        • Resin of Rose Maloes, Styrax
          • Opens the orifices, penetrates through turbidity - for closed disorders, phlegm blockages, epidemic toxic disease, especially cold disorders.
          • Pain in the chest and abdomen.
        • Herbs That Open Orifices

        Su Zi

        Tan Xiang

        Tian Nan Xing

        • Arisaema
          • Dries dampness and expels phlegm - cough and distension in the chest, extremely drying.
          • Disperses wind-phlegm in the channels and stops spasms - dizziness, numbness, facial paralysis, spasms in the hands and feet, stroke, seizures, lockjaw.
          • Reduces swelling and alleviates pain (topically).
        • Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold
        • Cautions
          • Avoid during Pregnancy.

        Ting Li Zi

        • Descurainia Seeds
          • Drains lung heat, reduces phlegm, calms wheezing - excess type wheezing and coughing with excess sputum and gurgling sound in the throat.
          • Moves water, reduces edema - facial edema, fluid accumulation in the chest and abdomen, urinary difficulty.
        • Herbs That Relieve Coughing and Wheezing

        Tu Si Zi

        • Chinese Dodder Seeds
          • Tonify kidneys, strengthens yin, secures essence, reserves urine - impotence, nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, tinnitus, frequent urination, sore painful back, vaginal discharge.
          • Tonify kidney and liver, improves vision - liver and kidney yin and yang deficiency patterns with dizziness, tinnitus, blurred vision, floaters, etc.
          • Strengthen the spleen and kidneys - resolve diarrhea.
          • Calms the fetus - important herb for habitual and/or threatened miscarriage.
        • Herbs That Tonify Yang

        Wei Ling Xian

        Wu Gong

        • Centipede
          • Extinguishes wind, stops spasms and convulsions - lock jaw, seizures, acute/chronic childhood convulsions.
          • Dissipates toxins and nodules - sores, carbuncles, neck lumps, snake bite.
          • Unblocks the collaterals - painful headaches.
        • Herbs That Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors
        • Cautions
          • Do not use during pregnancy.

        Wu Jia Pi

        • Acanthopanax Root Bark
          • Dispels wind-cold-damp, strengthens the sinews and bones, chronic bi due to liver and kidney deficiency generating weak sinews (motor function development delays in children, elderly).
          • Transforms damp, reduces swelling - urinary difficulty, edema, damp-cold leg qi.
        • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

        Wu Yao

        • Lindera Root
          • Promotes the movement of Qi, alleviates pain by warming and dispersing - flank, chest, epigastric, abdominal pain, hernia, menstrual pains due to cold constraint and qi stagnation.
          • Warms the kidneys - frequent urination or incontinence due to kidney yang deficiency and cold from deficiency of the bladder.
        • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

        Wu Zhu Yu

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        • Evodia Fruit
          • Warms the middle, disperses cold, relieves constraint in the liver channel and alleviates pain - headaches, nausea, cold hernia in the liver channel region.
          • Redirects stomach Qi downwards - due to liver and/or stomach disharmony.
          • Warms the spleen and expels damp cold, stops diarrhea.
          • Leads fire downwards - mouth/tongue canker sores (externally applied to canker sores).
        • Herbs That Warm the Interior and Expel Cold

        Xi Xin

        • Chinese Wild Ginger
          • Supporting herb for exterior cold, useful when primary symptoms are head/body aches, particularly with dampness and/or KD Yang Deficiency
          • Dispels wind, disperses cold, alleviates pain
          • Transforms phlegm - wind-cold w/cough
          • Unblocks Qi - nasal congestion
        • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
        • Cautions
          • Avoid in Qi Deficiency w/profuse sweating
          • Avoid in yin deficient cough
          • Avoid in blood deficiency headaches

        Xia Ku Cao

        • Selfheal Spike, Prunella
          • Clears liver and brightens the eyes - ascending liver fire with red, painful, swollen eyes, headache, dizziness (stronger than Mi Meng Hua, Jue Ming Zi, Qing Xiang Zi in clearing heat).
          • Clears heat and dissipates nodules - neck lumps, scrofula, lipoma, goiter, swollen glands due to phlegm fire.
          • Hypertension accompanied by liver fire or yang rising.
        • Herbs That Drain Fire
        • Cautions
          • Avoid in patients with stomach or spleen deficiency.

        Xian He Cao

        • Agrimony Grass
          • Stops bleeding due to cold, heat, excess, or deficiency patterns - vomiting blood, coughing blood, nosebleed, bleeding gums, blook in the urine, uterine bleeding.
          • Alleviates diarrhea, dysentery.
          • Kills parasites.
        • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

        Xian Mao

        • Golden Eye Grass Rhizome
          • Tonify kidney, strengthen yang - impotence, urinary incontinence, nocturnal emission, infertility due to cold womb (woman) or cold jing (man).
          • Expel cold, eliminate damp - bi with generalized pain, pain and/or weakness in the bones and sinews, lower back and knee pain, cold abdomen.
        • Herbs That Tonify Yang
        • Cautions
        • Avoid with yin deficiency, empty heat signs

        Xiang Fu

        • Nut Grass Rhizome
          • Spreads and regulates the Qi, soothes the liver - hypochondriac pain, epigastric distention, disharmony between the liver and the spleen.
          • Regulates menses, alleviates pain (by resolving liver qi stagnation) - dysmenorrhea, irregular menses.
        • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

        Xiang Ru

        Xiao Hui Xiang

        • Fennel Seed
          • Spreads liver Qi, warms the kidneys, expels cold, alleviates pain - cold hernial disorders, lower abdominal pain due to cold.
          • Regulates Qi and harmonizes the stomach - stomach cold with abdominal pain, indigestion, reduced appetite, vomiting.
        • Herbs That Warm the Interior and Expel Cold

        Xie Bai

        • Chive Bulb
          • Unblocks the yang Qi and disperses cold phlegm - damp-cold bi of the chest due to cold turbid phlegm preventing the flow of yang qi - chest, flank, or upper back pain, dyspnea, coughing, wheezing, stifling sensation in the chest.
          • Promotes the movement of Qi and Blood, alleviates pain - epigastric fullness, distention, abdominal pain, chest pain due to blood obstructing the heart channel.
          • Directs Qi downward, reduces stagnation - damp stagnation in the large intestine (dysenteric disorders).
        • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

        Xin Yi Hua

        Xiong Huang

        • Realgar
          • Relieves toxicity, kills parasites, stops itching, inflammation, abscess.
          • Topically - scabies, ringworm, dam rashes.
          • Kills parasites - accumulation symptoms with roundworms.
          • Dries dampness, expels phlegm - wheezing, seizures, malarial conditions.
        • Herbs For External Applications
        • Cautions
          • Generally, Avoid Using This Herb.

        Xu Duan

        • Japanese Teasel Root
          • Tonify liver and kidney, strengthen sinews and bones - lower back and/or knee weakness and pain, stiff joints.
          • Tonify without causing stagnation.
          • Stops uterine bleeding, calms the fetus - bleeding during pregnancy, threatened miscarriage.
          • Promote blood circulation, alleviate pain, generate flesh - traumatic injuries in the lower back and legs, external conditions such as sores.
        • Herbs That Tonify Yang

        Xuan Fu Hua

        • Inula Flower
          • Redirects lung qi downward, expels cold-phlegm - wheezing and copious sputum.
          • Stops vomiting, rebellious qi - from cold due to deficiency of stomach or spleen.
        • Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold

        Yan Hu Suo

        Ye Ju Hua

        Ye Ming Sha

        • Bat Feces
          • Clears liver and improves vision - night blindness, cataracts.
          • Childhood nutritional impairment.
        • Herbs That Drain Fire
        • Cautions
          • Avoid during Pregnancy.

        Yi Mu Cao

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        • Chinese Motherwort
          • Invigorates blood and regulates menses for gynecological issues - PMS, abdominal pain, irregular menses, abdominal masses, infertility, post partum abdominal pain w/lochioschesis, stasis from blood deficiency.
          • Promotes urination and reduces swelling - acute systemic edema.
        • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
        • Cautions
          • Avoid during Pregnancy.

        Yi Zhi Ren

        • Black Cardamon
          • Warms the kidneys, retains essence, holds urine - spermatorrhea, frequent and copious urine, urinary incontinence, dribbling urine.
          • Warms the spleen, stops diarrhea - cold spleen or stomach patterns with diarrhea, cold abdominal pain, excess salivation, thick/bad taste in the mouth.
        • Herbs That Tonify Yang

        Yin Chen Hao

        • Yin Chen Hao Shoots and Leaves
          • Main herb for Jaundice.
          • Clears damp heat from the liver and gallbladder - relieves jaundice (either damp heat or cold).
          • Clears heat, shao yang syndrome (intermittent fever and chills, bitter taste, stifling sensation in the chest, flank pain, dizziness, nausea).
        • Herbs That Drain Dampness
        • Cautions
          • Not for Deficiency Jaundice (pale yellow skin, normal urine, soggy pulse (middle jiao qi deficiency, not from dampness).

        Yin Yang Huo

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        • Arial Parts of Epimedium, Horny Goat Weed
          • Tonify kidney yang - impotence, spermatorrhea, frequent urination, poor memory, painful and cold lower back and knees.
          • Expel wind-damp, cold - spasms, cramps, joint pain, numbness in limbs.
          • Strengthen yin and yang, harnesses liver yang rising - dizziness, low back pain, irregular menses from liver and kidneys and subsequent liver yang rising.
        • Herbs That Tonify Yang

        Yu Jin

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        • Tumeric Tuber
          • Invigorate blood, break up stasis - used topically and internally for traumatic pain, and to speed healing process of chronic sores.
          • Promotes movement of Qi - liver qi stagnation, menstrual pain, chest, flank pain.
          • Clears heat, cools blood - hot phlegm obstructs heart orifices with symptoms like anxiety, agitation, seizures.
          • Benefits gallbladder - jaundice.
        • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
        • Cautions
          • Avoid during Pregnancy.

        Yu Li Ren

        • Bush Cherry Pit
          • Moistens intestines, unblocks the bowel - constipation due to qi stagnation in intestines.
          • Promotes urination and reduces edema in the legs.
        • Herbs That Drain Downward

        Yu Xing Cao

        • Houttuynia
          • Clears heat and toxins, reduces swellings and abscess - for lung abscess or lung heat cough with thick, yellow-green sputum.
          • Relieves toxicity and expels pus for toxic sores (internally and topically).
          • Drains damp-heat, promotes urination - diarrhea, lin syndromes.
        • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

        Yuan Hua

        • Genkwa Flower
          • Drains water downward, drives out congested fluid - cathartic and diuretic - fluids in the chest and abdomen.
          • Kills parasites - topically for ringworm.
        • Herbs That Drain Downward
        • Cautions
          • Incompatible with Gan Cao.
          • Avoid during Pregnancy.
          • Toxic - may cause tremors and difficulty breathing.

        Yuan Zhi

        Zao Jiao

        • Chinese Honeylocust Fruit, Gleditsia
          • Dispels phlegm - phlegm nodules, coughing with copious but difficult to expectorate sputum, strongly dispels phlegm.
          • Opens orifices and revives the spirit - sudden loss of consciousness with facial paralysis or seizures due to excessive phlegm.
          • Dissipates clumps and reduces swellings.
        • Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold
        • Cautions
          • Avoid during Pregnancy.

        Zao Jiao Ci

        Ze Lan

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        • Bugleweed
          • Promotes movement of blood and menstruation - pain due to blood stasis obstructing menses, post partum abdominal pain from stasis.
          • Invigorates blood and dispels blood stasis - topically and interally for pain and swelling from traumatic injury or abscess.
          • Promotes urination - post partum edemc or lin, systematic or facial edema.
        • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
        • Cautions
          • Avoid during Pregnancy.

        Zhi Shi

        • Immature Bitter Orange
          • Breaks up Qi stagnation, reduces accumulations, transforms phlegm - epigastric or abdominal pain and distention or indigestion w/focal distention or gas.
          • Directs qi downward and unblocks bowels - frequently used for abdominal pain and constipation by accumulation and stagnant Qi.
          • Transforms phlegm and expels focal.
          • Used with Qi tonifying herbs for the prolapse of organs.
          • Raises blood pressure.
        • Herbs That Regulate The Qi
        • Cautions
          • Avoid during Pregnancy.

        Zhi Yuan Zhi

        Zi Hua Di Ding

        Zi Ran Tong

        • Pyrite
          • Dispels blood stasis and promotes healing of bones and sinews - swellings due to trauma, fractures.
        • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
        • Cautions
          • Avoid during Pregnancy.

        Zi Su Ye




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