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TCM Herbs with Bitter (Ku) Properties



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173 Herbs In Our Database Have Bitter (Ku) Properties

(Huai) Niu Xi

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  • Achyranthes Root
    • Invigorates blood, expels blood stasis - dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, lochioschesis.
    • Strengthens the sinews, bones, and joints - lower back and knee issues due to deficiency (tonifies the liver and kidneys).
    • Clears damp heat in the lower burner - damp-heat pouring downward manifesting as back and knee pain, w/lin.
    • Brings blood downward - yin deficiency with fire or hot blood in the upper warmer, vomiting blood, toothache, nosebleed, dizziness, headache, blurred vision (yang rising).
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

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

Bai Bu

  • Stemona Root
    • Moistens the lungs, stops cough - chronic and acute cough, especially for deficient coughs.
    • Expels parasites, kills lice - topically for lice, internally for pinworms.
  • Herbs That Relieve Coughing and Wheezing

Bai Guo

Bai He

Bai Hua She She Cao

Bai Ji

  • Bletilla Rhizome
    • Stops bleeding from the lungs and stomach - vomiting and/or coughing of blood, nosebleed.
    • Reduces swelling and generates flesh - topically for sores, chapped skin, skin ulcers, especially for chronic, nonhealing ulcers.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding
  • Cautions

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 Shao

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  • White Peony Root
    • Nourishes the blood and regulates menstrual problems due to blood deficiency (pale, lusterless complexion and nails) - menstrual dysfunction, vaginal discharge, uterine bleeding - very common herb for gynecological disorders (Si Wu Tang).
    • Calms liver yang, alleviates pain from constrained liver qi or disharmony between the liver and the spleen due to liver yang rising - cramping and spasms (limbs and abdomen), abdominal pain from dysentery, headache and dizziness.
    • Preserves yin, adjusts ying and wei levels - vaginal discharge and spermatorrhea, exterior wind-cold from deficiency with continuous sweating, spontaneous sweating, night sweats.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood
  • Cautions
    • Incompatible with Li Lu
    • Avoid in cases of yang deficiency and cold in the middle jiao - diarrhea, cold sensation in the stomach.

Bai Tou Weng

Bai Wei

  • Swallowwort Root
    • Clears heat and Cools Blood. Particularly useful for yin deficient fever, summertime fever in children, post partum fever, and within the recovery stage of a febrile disease
    • Cools Blood and Promotes Urine. Xue Lin, especially before or after giving birth.
    • Relieves toxicity. Toxic sores, swollen and painful throat, snake bite.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood

Bai Xian Pi

Bai Zhu

Ban Lan Gen

Ban Zhi Lian

Bei Xie

  • Dioscorea Root
    • Separates the pure from the turbid - cloudy urine and leukorrhea, either from damp-heat or deficiency.
    • Expels wind damp (cold and hot bi syndromes), relaxes the sinews.
    • Damp-heat - skin disorders (eczema, pustular sores).
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Bian Xu

  • Knotweed, Polygonoum
    • Clears damp-heat in the bladder - promotes urination, damp-heat lin.
    • Expels parasites - intestinal parasites.
    • Damp skin lesions - itching.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

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

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

Cang Er Zi

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

Ce Bai Ye

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  • Biota Leaves
    • Cools blood, stops bleeding - vomiting blood, bleeding gums, coughing blood, blood in the stool or urine, uterine bleeding, bloody dysentery.
    • Stops cough, expels phlegm - lung heat patterns (cough w/phlegm), thick bloody sputum that is difficult to expectorate.
    • Promote healing of burns - topically in powdered form for early stages.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

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

Chao Huang Bai

  • Dry Fried Amur Cork Tree Bark
    • The is the dry fried version of Huang Bai.  For general indications see the Huang Bai page.  Dry frying helps to moderate the bitter and cold properties of this herb.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

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

Chi Shao

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  • Red Peony Root
    • Invigorates blood, dispels stasis (stronger than Mu Dan Pi) - dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, abdominal pain and masses, traumatic pain associated with swelling, early stages of abscesses and boils.
    • Clears heat, cools the blood (especially for excess heat in the blood) - for heat entering the blood level with fever, purple tongue, skin blotches, bleeding, gyn issues.
    • Clears liver fire - for red swollen, painful eyes.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions

Chuan Bei Mu

Chuan Lian Zi

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  • Sichuan Pagoda Tree Fruit
    • Promotes the movement of Qi and stops pain - flank, rib, abdominal pain due to liver qi stagnation or liver-stomach disharmony; hernial disorders, good w/heat signs.
    • Clears heat, dries dampness, regulates qi, alleviates pain due to damp-heat stagnant qi - same symptoms as above.
    • Kills parasites and stops pain - roundworms and tape worms (primarily for pain).
    • Compare with Xia Ku Cao, Long Dan Cao, Zhi Zi for clearing liver heat function.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Chuan Xin Lian

Chun Pi

  • Bark or Root Bark of Ailanthus
    • Clears heat, dries dampness, binds up intestines - chronic diarrhea due to damp-heat, with blood in the stool, chronic vaginal discharge due to damp-heat.
    • Kills parasites - roundworms.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

Da Huang

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  • Rhubarb
    • Drains heat and purges accumulations - high fever, profuse sweating, thirst, constipation, abdominal distention and pain, delirium, yellow tongue coating, full pulse which indicates intestinal heat excess or yang ming stage illness.
    • Drains heat from the blood - blood in the stool from bleeding hemorrhoids or heat in the intestine; vomting blood or nosebleed accompanied by constipation; painful eyes or fire toxin sores due to heat in the blood level.
    • Drains damp-heat via the stool - jaundice, dysentery, lin syndrome.
    • Invigorates the blood and dispels blood stasis - amenorrhea, abdominal masses, fixed pain due to blood stasis (recent and long-term blood stasis).
    • Clears heat and reduces fire toxicity - for burns, hot skin.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy and During Nursing
    • Avoid in exterior disorders and deficiency of qi and/or blood

Da Qing Ye

Dai Zhe Shi

  • Hermatite
    • Calms the liver, anchors floating yang, clears liver fire.
    • Directs rebellious qi downwards - belching, vomiting, hiccough, wheezing.
    • Cools the blood, stops bleeding - vomiting of blood, nosebleed.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit

Dan Dou Chi

Dan Nan Xing

  • Jack in the Pulpit Rhizome and Bile
    • Transforms phlegm heat, extinguishes wind, stops convulsions - muscle spasms/cramps, infantile convulsions, seizure disorders, facial paralysis, stroke (CVA) from wind and phlegm obstruction.
    • Zhi (or Tian) Nan Xing is prepared with fresh ginger and Dan Nan Xing is prepared with cow bile.
  • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during pregnancy.

Dan Shen

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  • Salvia Root
    • Invigorate blood, break up blood stasis in lower abdomen - dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, palpable masses, lochioschesis, pain due to blood stasis, chest/epigastric pain, soreness in the ribs due to liver qi stagnation w/blood stasis.
    • Clear heat, soothe irritability - restlessness, irritability, insomnia due to heat entering the ying level.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions

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

Di Fu Zi

Di Yu

  • Bloodwort Root
    • Cools the blood, stops bleeding in lower burner due to damp heat - bloody dysentery, bleeding hemorrhoids, uterine bleeding.
    • Clears heat and generates flesh - topically for burns, carbuncles.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Du Huo

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

Fan Xie Ye

  • Senna
    • Drains downward, guides out stagnation - constipation due to heat.
    • Can also be used as a diet tea (1.5-3g).
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy, During Nursing, and During Menstruation

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

Gan Sui

  • Kan Sui Root
    • Drains water downward, drives out congested fluid - fluid in the chest and abdomen, general edema; violent passing of water through the anus.
    • Clears heat, reduces swellings - swollen, painful skin lesions due to damp-heat.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Incompatible with Gan Cao
    • Only for strong individuals.
    • Toxic - nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain.

Gou Ji

  • Chain Fern Rhizome
    • Tonifies liver and kidneys, strengthens sinews and bones - stiffness, soreness or weakness in lower back, spine, legs.
    • Expels wind and dampness - bi syndrome.
    • Urinary incontinence and vaginal discharges.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Gu Sui Bu

Guan Zhong

  • Dryopteris Root
    • Kills parasites - tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms.
    • Drains heat and relieves fire toxicity - wind-heat colds, damp-heat induced sores, carbuncles.
    • Cools the blood and stops bleeding - bleeding due to hot blood, uterine bleeding.
  • Herbs That Expel Parasites

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.

Hai Feng Teng

Hai Ge Ke

  • Clam Shell
    • Clears heat, directs lung qi downwards, transforms phlegm - lung-heat cough with thick sputum (difficult to expectorate), chest or rib pain.
    • Softens hardness, dissipates nodules - phlegm fire goiter and scrofula.
    • Promotes urination, expels dampness - turbid painful urinary dysfunction and vaginal discharge.
    • Epigastric pain, acid reflux - calcined powdered form).
  • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat

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

Hai Zao

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

He Shou Wu

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  • Polygonum, Fleeceflower Root
    • Tonifies liver and kidney, nourishes blood, augments essence - yin and/or blood deficiency w/dizziness, blurred vision, prematurely grey hair, weakness in the lower back and knees, sore limbs, insomnia, nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, vaginal discharge; neither cold, drying, nor too cloying.
    • Relieves toxic fire - carbuncles, sores, scrofula, neck lumps.
    • Moistens intestines - constipation associated with blood deficiency.
    • Expels wind from skin by nourishing the blood.
    • Chronic malaria w/qi and blood deficiency.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

He Ye

He Zi

  • Myrobalan Fruit, Terminalia, Chebula
    • Binds the intestines - hot or cold diarrhea, dysentery.
    • Leakage of lung qi - cough, wheezing, loss of voice.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

Hong Teng

  • Sargentadoxa Vine
    • Clears heat, relieves toxicity, reduces abscesses, and stops pain - for intestinal abscesses and skin lesions with heat, swelling, and pain.
    • Invigorates the blood, disperses stasis - trauma, dysmenorrhea, joint pain.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

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

Hu Huang Lian

  • Pierorhizae Rhizome
    • Drains damp-heat - dysentery, sores.
    • Clears deficient heat - yin deficiency heat symptoms.
    • Clears heat and reduces childhood nutritional impairment - abdominal distention, afternoon fever, dysentery.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Hu Zhang

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  • Bushy Knotweed Root
    • Invigorates blood and dispels stasis - amenorrhea, wind-damp painful obstruction, traumatic injury.
    • Clears heat and resolves dampness - damp heat jaundice, turbid vaginal discharge.
    • Drains heat, transforms phlegm - cough due to lung heat, constipation.
    • Discharges toxins - burns, carbuncles (topically).
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Huai Hua Mi

  • Pagoda Tree Bud
    • Cools the blood, stops bleeding - damp-heat in the large intestine - bloody dysentery, bleeding hemorrhoids.
    • Cools liver fire - red eyes, dizziness.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Huang Bai

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  • Amur Cork Tree Bark, Phellodendron
    • Drains damp heat from the lower jiao - thick-yellow leukorrhea, foul-smelling diarrhea, dysentery; damp-heat pouring downward or hot leg qi - red, swollen, painful knees, legs, and/or feet; damp-heat jaundice.
    • Drains kidney fire with signs of yin deficiency - steaming bone disorder, night sweats, afternoon fever and sweating, nocturnal emissions, spermatorrhea.
    • Drains fire, relieves toxicity - sores and lesions of the skin.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Huang Lian

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  • Coptis Rhizome
    • Drains fire, relieves toxicity - high fever, irritability, disorientation, delirium, painful, red eyes, red tongue, sore throat, boils, carbuncles, abscesses.
    • Clears heat, drains dampness - for damp-heat in the stomach or intestine, diarrhea or dysenteric disorder, vomiting and/or acid regurgitation due to stomach heat.
    • Clears heart fire - irritability, insomnia.
    • Clears heat and stops bleeding - nosebleed, blood in the urine, stool, vomiting due to hot blood.
    • Topically for red, painful eyes and ulcerations of the tongue and mouth.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Huang Qin

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  • Baical Skullcap Root, Scutellaria
    • Clears heat, drains fire, especially from the upper warmer - heat patterns with fever, irritability, thirst, cough, thick, yellow sputum, hot sores and swellings.
    • Clears heat, dries dampness - damp-heat in the stomach or intestines, diarrhea, dysentery; damp warm-febrile disease with fever, stifling sensation in the chest, thirst with no desire to drink; damp-heat in the lower jiao - lin syndrome; damp-heat jaundice.
    • Clears heat, stops bleeding - vomiting and/or coughing of blood, nosebleed, blood in the stool.
    • Clears heat, calms the fetus - restless fetus due to heat.
    • Sedates liver yang rising - headache, irritability, red eyes, bitter taste, flushed face.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Huang Yao Zi

  • Dioscorea Bulbifera Tuber
    • Dissipates nodules and reduces massage - goiter, cancer.
    • Cools the blood and stops bleeding - vomiting blood, coughing up blood, uterine bleeding.
    • Reduces toxicity of toxic swellings (topically).
  • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat

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.

Ji Xue Teng

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  • Millettia Vine
    • Promotes the movement of blood, tonify the blood - blood deficiency patterns such as irregular menses, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, accompanied with abdominal pain.
    • Invigorate the channels, relax the sinews - numbness of the extremities, lower back pain, knee pain, damp bi-syndrome, w/blood deficiency or stasis.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood

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

Jie Geng

Jiu Chao Zhi Mu

  • Wine Fried Anemarrhena Rhizome
    • This is the wine fried version of zhi mu.  For general usage information see the Zhi Mu page.  Frying helps to moderate the bitter and cold aspects.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire

Jiu Ji Nu

  • Artemesia
    • Dispels blood stasis, unblocks menses - amenorrhea, post partum abdominal pain, pain due to trauma.
    • Topically - burns, bleeding from wounds, contusions.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Ju Hua

  • Chrysanthemum Flower
    • Disperses wind, clears heat (bitter, cold) - headache, fever.
    • Clears liver and the eyes (sweet, cold) - wind-heat in the liver channel manifesting with red, painful, dry eyes or excessive tearing, or yin deficiency of the kidneys and liver with floaters, blurry vision, or dizziness.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in qi deficiency with poor appetite/diarrhea.

Jue Ming Zi (Cao Jue Ming)

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  • Foetid Cassia Seeds
    • Clears the vision and expels wind-heat - itchy, red and painful eyes, sensitivity to light due to wind-heat (stronger action in clearing liver-heat/fire than Qing Xiang Zi and
    • Mi Meng Hua; also nourishes kidney yin and liver yin).
    • Moistens intestines and unblocks the bowels - dry, chronic constipation especially due to liver yin deficiency.
    • Lowers blood pressure and serum cholesterol.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Do not use with Huo Ma Ren.
    • Not recommended for patients with diarrhea.
    • Avoid in patients with hypotension (low blood pressure).

Ku Shen

Lian (Zi) Xin

  • Lotus Plumule
    • Drains heart fire - for warm-febrile disease where heat collapses into the pericardium channel causing confusion, delirium; insomnia and irritability due to excessive heart fire.
    • Stops bleeding, binds the essence - vomiting blood, spermatorrhea.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with abdominal masses and/or constipation.

Lian Qiao

Long Dan Cao

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  • Chinese Gentian Root, Gentiana
    • Drains damp-heat from the liver and gallbladder channels - red, swollen, sore throat, eyes, and/or ears, sudden deafness, jaundice, pain, swelling or dampness in the genital region, or foul smelling vaginal discharge and itching.
    • Clears ascending liver fire - headache, red eyes; liver wind-heat with fever, spasms, convulsions, flank pain.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Lu Hui

  • Dried Aloe Leaf Juice
    • Drains fire and guides out accumulation - constipation, dizziness, red eyes, irritability; good for chronic cases.
    • Kills parasites, strengthens stomach - roundworms and ringworms.
    • Clears heat and cools the liver - epigastric discomfort, dizziness, headache, tinnitus, irritability, constipation, and fever due to heat in the liver channel.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy and During Menstruation

Lu Lu Tong

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  • Sweetgum Fruit
    • Promotes movement of qi and blood, opens middle burner and unblocks the channels - irregular or scanty menses, abdominal pain or distention, pain and stiffness in the lower back and knees (wind-damp painful obstruction).
    • Promotes urination - edema with difficult urination.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Luo Shi Teng

  • Star Jasmine Stem
    • Dispels wind-hot-damp bi and spasms of the sinews.
    • Cools the blood and reduces swellings - toxic sores, sore throat.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

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

    Ma Qian Zi

    • Nux-Vomica Seeds
      • Unblock the channels, disperse clumps - reduces swelling and alleviates pain.
      • Abscess, yin-type ulcers, pain due to trauma, wind-damp obstruction.
    • Herbs For External Applications

    Mai Men Dong

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    • Ophiopogon Tuber
      • Moistens the lungs, stops cough - dry cough, coughing blood.
      • Augments stomach yin, generates fluids - dry tongue and mouth.
      • Clears heat and eliminates irritability due to yin deficiency or a warm-febrile disease in the ying level - particularly when symptoms are worse at night.
      • Moistens the intestines - constipation.
    • Herbs That Tonify Yin

    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.

    Mei Gui Hua

    • Young Flower of Chinese Rose
      • Promotes the movement of Qi and relieves constraint - liver-stomach disharmony with pain and distention in the flanks and epigastrium, belching, poor appetite.
      • Promotes the movement of Qi, harmonizes the Blood, disperses stasis - irregular menses, breast tenderness (PMS), menstrual pain; stasis from trauma.
    • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

    Mo Yao

    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 Tong

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    • Akebia Caulis
      • Promotes urination, drains heat from the heart through the small intestine - irritability with sores of the mouth or tongue, scanty urination, lin syndrome, edema.
      • Promotes lactation, unblocks the blood vessels - insufficient lactation, less commonly for amenorrhea and bi-syndrome.
    • Herbs That Drain Dampness
    • Cautions
      • Avoid during Pregnancy.
      • Toxic - can lead to renal failure (aristolochic acid).

    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

    Mu Zei

    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.

    Niu Huang

    • Cattle Gallstone
      • Clears the heart, opens the orifices, awakens the spirit, vaporizes phlegm - delirium or coma due to wind-heat or hot diseases with hot phlegm obstructing the pericardium.
      • Clears the liver, relieves toxicity, extinguishes wind, stops tremors - spasms, tremors, convulsions with high fever due to heat entering the liver.
      • Drains heat and relieves fire toxicity - red, painful, swollen, or ulcerated throat as well as for sores, carbuncles, boils, and a wide variety of hot swellings.
    • Herbs That Open Orifices
    • Cautions
      • Do not use during pregnancy.

    Nu Zhen Zi

    Pi Pa Ye

    Pu Gong Ying

    Qian Cao Gen

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    • Rubia Root
      • Cools the blood to stop bleeding - vomiting blood, nosebleed, coughing blood, blood in stool, uterine bleeding, any bleeding due to hot blood.
      • Invigorates blood to dispel blood stasis - pain associated with blood stasis, especially chest and flank pain, trauma, joint pain, early stage of carbuncles.
    • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

    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

    Qin Pi

    • Bark of Korean Ash Branch
      • Drains damp-heat - dysentery (bloody).
      • Drains liver fire - eyes with redness, swelling, pain, or the formation of superficial visual obstruction.
      • Clears wind-damp - painful hot obstruction.
    • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

    Qing Hao

    • Wormwood
      • Clears summer heat - fever, headache, dizziness, stifling sensation in the chest.
      • Clears deficient fever - unremitting fever or night fever with no sweating (from blood deficiency or sequel of febrile disease).
      • Cools the blood, stops bleeding - purpuric rash, nosebleed due to heat in the blood.
      • Malarial disorders - alternating fever and chills.
    • Herbs That Clear and Relieve Summerheat

    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

    Qu Mai

    • Dianthus
      • Clears damp heat, promotes urination, unblocks lin syndrome - for any lin, especially xue lin.
      • Breaks up blood stasis - amenorrhea due to blood stasis.
      • Unblocks the bowels - constipation.
    • Herbs That Drain Dampness
    • Cautions
      • Avoid during Pregnancy.

    Ren Shen

    • Ginseng Root
      • Strongly tonify yuan qi - extreme collapse of qi, shortness of breath, cold limbs, profuse sweating, weak pulse (often used alone for this condition after severe blood loss).
      • Tonify lung qi - wheezing, shortness of breath, w/kidneys failing to grasp the qi.
      • Strengthen the middle warmer - lethargy, no appetite, chronic diarrhea, prolapse of organs, distended chest/abdomen.
      • Generates fluids, stops thirst - xiao ke, damaged fluid due to high dever and profuse sweating.
      • Benefits heart qi, calms the spirit - palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, poor memory, restlessness due to qi and/or blood deficiency.
    • Herbs That Tonify Qi
    • Cautions
      • Avoid tea and turnips while taking ginseng.
      • Antagonist with Wu Ling Zhi, Incompatible with Li Lu.
      • Avoid with high blood pressure and/or liver yang rising.

    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

    San Qi (Tian Qi)

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    • Pseudoginseng Root
      • Stops bleeding, transforms blood stasis - internal and external bleeding such as vomiting blood, nosebleed, blood in the urine or stool.
      • Can stop bleeding without causing blood stasis.
      • Traumatic injuries - alleviate pain, reduce swelling from falls, fracture, sprains.
      • Invigorates the blood - chest and abdominal pain, joint pain from blood stasis.
    • Herbs That Stop Bleeding
    • Cautions
      • Avoid During Pregnancy

    Sang Ji Sheng

    Sang Ye

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    • White Mulberry Leaf
      • Expels wind, clears lung heat - wind-heat with fever, headache, sore throat; also for lung dryness causing dry mouth, dry cough, lung heat with thick and yellow sputum.
      • Cools liver and clears the eyes - liver channel eye problems due to wind-heat or yin deficiency, red, sore, dry or painful eyes, floaters.
      • Cools the blood and stops bleeding - mild cases of vomiting blood due to heat in the blood.
    • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat

    Sang Zhi

    Sha Shen

    Shan Dou Gen

    Shang Lu

    • Poke Root
      • Drives out water through the urethra and anus - edema associated with severe constipation and urinary difficulty.
      • Reduces sores and carbuncles (topically).
    • Herbs That Drain Downward
    • Cautions
      • Avoid during Pregnancy.

    She Chuang Zi

    She Gan

    • Belamcanda Rhizome
      • Clears heat, relieves toxicity, improves the throat - painful, swollen throat due to fire excess, fire toxin, or phlegm-heat obstruction.
      • Transforms phlegm, clears the lungs - cough, wheezing, and phlegm.
    • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
    • Cautions
      • Avoid During Pregnancy

    Sheng Di Huang

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    • Rehmannia
      • Clears Heat, Cools Blood. High fever, thirst, scarlet tongue, hemorrhage due to heat in the Blood.
      • Nourishes Yin, Generates Fluids. Yin Deficiency with heat signs with injury to body fluids. Dry mouth, low-grade fever, constipation, throat pain from yin deficiency.
      • Cools Ascending Heart Fire (HT, LV). Mouth and tongue sores, irritability, insomnia, malar flush.
      • Wasting thirst disorder.
    • Herbs That Cool The Blood
    • Cautions
    • Spleen Deficiency, Yang Deficiency, Damp Phlegm, Digestion Difficulties.

    Shi Di

    Shi Shang Bo

    • Doederlein's Spikemoss
      • Clears heat in the lungs - sore throat, cough, asthma, mastitis.
      • Damp heat related rheumatoid arthritis, jaundice, pain and/or swelling in the eyes.
    • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

    Shi Wei

    • Pyrrosia Leaves
      • Promotes urination, drains damp-heat from the bladder - hot, stone, xue lin.
      • Clears heat and stops bleeding - vomiting, uterine bleeding.
      • Clears the lungs, expels phlegm, relieves cough - lung heat, wheezing.
    • Herbs That Drain Dampness

    Shui Zhi

    • Leech
      • Breaks up blood stasis, reduces immobile masses - amenorrhea, abdominal masses, trauma.
    • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
    • Cautions
      • Avoid During Pregnancy

    Tai Zi Shen

    • Pseudostellaria
      • Strengthen the spleen, augment qi - fatigue, reduced appetite.
      • Tonifies lung qi - spontaneous sweating.
      • Generates fluids - thirst, injury to fluids after a febrile disease, fever, summerheat in children.
    • Herbs That Tonify Qi

    Tao Ren

    • Peach Seed
      • Breaks up blood stasis (important herb) - menstrual disorders, abdominal pain/masses, trauma, flank pain, lung abscess, intestinal abscess.
      • Moistens intestines, unblock bowels - constipation due to dry intestines.
    • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
    • Cautions
      • Avoid During Pregnancy

    Tian Hua Fen

    • Trichosanthes Root
      • Clears and drains lung heat, transforms phlegm, moistens lung dryness.
      • Drains heat, generates fluid (fluids injured) - thirst, irritability, wasting and thirsting disorder, cough, thick sputum.
      • Relieves toxicity, expels pus - toxic hot carbuncles, breast abscess.
    • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat
    • Cautions
      • Avoid during Pregnancy.

    Tian Men Dong

    • Asparagus Tuber
      • Nourish kidney yin, clear lung heat - yin deficiency with heat signs in the upper warmer, dryness of mouth, thick or blood-streaked sputum that is difficult to expectorate.
      • Moisten the lungs, nourish kidneys, generate fluids - lung and kidney yin deficiency, especially xiao ke, low grade afternoon fever, constipation.
    • Herbs That Tonify Yin

    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 Niu Xi

    • Tuniuxi Root
      • Drains fire and relieves toxicity - sore, swollen, and painful throat, especially diphtheria.
      • Clears heat toxin - abscesses and skin sores.
      • Invigorates blood and dissipates stasis - dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea.
    • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
    • Cautions
      • Avoid During Pregnancy

    Wang Bu Liu Xing

    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 Ling Zhi

    • Flying Squirrel Feces
      • Disperse blood stasis, alleviate pain - amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, post partum abdominal pain, epigastric pain due to blood stasis.
      • Transforms stasis, stop bleeding - uterine bleeding, lochioschesis.
      • Childhood nutritional impairment with focal distention.
      • Use raw to invigorate blood and dry-fry to stop bleeding.
    • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
    • Cautions

    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 Jiao

    • Rhinoceros Horn
      • Clears Heat, Relieves Fire Toxicity, Cools Blood, Arrests Tremors. Erythema, nosebleed, vomiting blood, delirium, convulsions, manic behavior, loss of consciousness.
    • Herbs That Cool The Blood
    • Cautions
    • Pregnancy, Yin Deficiency Fever, Incompatible (antagonist) with Chuan Wu Tou and Cao Wu Tou.

    Xi Xian Cao

    • Siegesbeckia Plant
      • Dispels wind-heat-damp bi - facial paralysis, hemiplegia.
      • Calms the spirit, pacifies the liver - irritability, insomnia, liver yang rising, headache, dizziness.
    • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

    Xi Yang Shen

    • American Ginseng Root
      • Benefits qi, generates fluids, nourishes yin - for yin deficiency with heat signs, weakness, irritability and thirst after a febrile disease.
      • Nurtures lung yin and clears fire from the lungs - wheezing, coughing up blood streaked sputum, loss of voice due to lung yin deficiency.
    • Herbs That Tonify Yin

    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

    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

    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

    Xing Ren

    Xiong Dan

    • Bear Gallbladder
      • Clears heat and alleviates spasms - high fever and convulsions in febrile disease.
      • Topically to relieve fire toxicity, hot skin lesions.
      • Red, painful eyes due to liver fire.
      • Reduces swelling and pain - trauma, sprains, fracture, hemorrhoids.
    • Herbs That Drain Fire

    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

    Xuan Shen

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    • Ningpo Figwort Root, Scrophularia
      • Clears Heat, Cools Blood. Bleeding, fever, dry mouth, purplish tongue.
      • Nourishes Yin. Particularly for the sequel of warm febrile disease with constipation, irritability.
      • Drains Fire, Relieves Toxicity. Swollen, red eyes, sore throat.
      • Softens Harness (salty), Dissipates phlegm fire nodules. Swollen, sore throat, neck lumps.
    • Herbs That Cool The Blood
    • Cautions
    • Incompatible with Li Lu.

    Ya Dan Zi

    • Java Brucea Fruit, Brucea
      • Treats dysenteric disorders - chronic cold stagnation dysentery, alternating hard and soft stool; protozoan induced dysentery.
      • Intermittent fever and chills - malarial disorders.
      • Topically for warts and corns.
    • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
    • Cautions
      • Toxic to stomach, liver, and kidneys.

    Yan Hu Suo

    Ye Jiao Teng

    Ye Ju Hua

    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.

    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).

    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

    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

    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.

    Zhe Bei Mu

    Zhi Ke

    Zhi Mu

    • Anemarrhena Rhizome
      • Clears heat, drains fire - high fever, irritability, thirst, and a rapid flooding pulse in patterns of excessive heat in the lungs and/or stomach; cough due to lung heat with thick yellow sputum.
      • Nourishes yin, moistens dryness - deficiency of lung and kidney yin, night sweats, steaming bone disorder, irritability, afternoon or low-grade fevers, bleeding gums, five-center heat; also for kidney heat signs - spermatorrhea, nocturnal emission, high sexual desire.
      • Generates fluids and clears heat - oral ulcers and inflammation due to yin deficiency, wasting and thirsting disorder.
    • Herbs That Drain Fire
    • Cautions
      • Avoid in patients with diarrhea from spleen deficiency.

    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

    Zhi Zi

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    • Cape Jasmine Fruit, Gardenia
      • Clears heat (Heart and Liver), eliminates irritability - heat patterns with fever, restlessness, insomnia, delirium, stifling sensation in the chest.
      • Drains damp heat - lin (urinary dysfunction) syndrome due to damp-heat in the lower warmer, damp-heat and constrained liver and gallbladder causing jaundice, damp-heat in the gall bladder and triple heater channels of the face - eyes, nose, sores in the mouth and face.
      • Cools the blood, stops bleeding - nosebleed, blood in vomit, stool, urine; (needs to partially charred).
      • Topically for blood stasis due to trauma, reduces swelling.
    • Herbs That Drain Fire
    • Cautions
      • Avoid in patients with loose stools and/or loss of appetite due to cold from deficiency.

    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 Wan

    Zi Zhu

    • Callicarpa Leaf
      • Stops bleeding, both internally and externally - particularly useful for blood in the urine.
      • Treatment of burns and sores.
    • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

    Zong Lu Pi

    • Trachycarpus Stipule Fiber
      • Binds and stops bleeding - coughing of blood, blood tinged sputum, nosebleed, blood in the stool, uterine bleeding.
    • Herbs That Stop Bleeding



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