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TCM Herbs that influence the Heart Channel



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Below you will find Chinese Herbs that enter the Heart Channel. Related Information [Meridian].



The Heart Channel Is Influenced By 84 Herbs In Our Database

Bai He

Bai Zi Ren

  • Arbor-Vitae Seed
    • Nourishes heart blood, calms the spirit - irritability, insomnia, forgetfulness, palpitations.
    • Moisten the intestines from blood/yin deficiency - constipation (elderly, post-partum women).
    • Nightsweats due to yin deficiency.
  • Herbs That Nourish The Heart and Calm The Spirit

Ban Bian Lian

  • Lobelia
    • Promotes urination and reduces edema - ascites.
    • Cools the blood and reduces toxicity - good for snake bites and wasp stings.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Ban Lan Gen

Bing Pian

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

Chang Shan

Chi Xiao Dou

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  • Aduki Bean
    • Clears heat, promotes urination - abdominal fullness and swelling due to edema, urinary difficulty, leg qi edema; the nature of this herb is to move downward and relieve edema by water or dampness drained from the body.
    • Disperses blood stasis - reduces swelling and fire toxicity, sores, carbuncles.
    • Clears damp heat - jaundice.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Chuan Bei Mu

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 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

Dan Zhu Ye

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  • Lophatherum Stem and Leaves
    • Clears heat - heat patterns with irritability and thirst, mouth sores and swollen, painful gums due to heat in the heart or stomach channels.
    • Promotes urination and clears damp-heat - lin syndrome, especially for heat in the small intestine channel with above symptoms and dark red tip on the tongue.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

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

Deng Xin Cao

  • Rush Pith
    • Promotes urination and leaches out dampness - heat disorders with lin syndrome.
    • Clears heat from the heart channel into the small intestine (expelled through the urine) - pediatric sleep disorders with heat signs at night accompanied by irritability and scanty urination; adult insomnia (heart fire with kidney yin deficiency).
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Fu Ling

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  • Poria, China Root
    • Promotes urination, drains dampness, transforms phlegm - urinary difficulty, diarrhea, edema, headache, dizziness, greasy tongue coat.
    • Strengthens the spleen, harmonizes the middle jiao - diarrhea, loss of appetite.
    • Quiets the heart and calms the spirit - palpitations, insomnia, forgetfulness.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Avoid Vinegar While Using This Herb.

Fu Xiao Mai

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 Cao

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  • Licorice Root
    • Tonifies the spleen and augments qi - spleen deficiency w/shortness of breath, fatigue, loose stools (si jun zi tong).
    • Qi and/or blood deficiency w/irregular pluse or palpitations (Zhi Gan Cao Tang).
    • Moistens the lungs and stops cough - heat/cold in the lungs (Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang).
    • Clears heat and toxic fire (raw) - carbuncles, sores, sore throat due to fire toxin (internally or topically).
    • Alleviates pain and stops spasms - abdomen or legs (Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang).
    • Often used to harmonize and/or moderate characteristics of other herbs.
    • Antidote for toxic substances (internally and topically).
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi
  • Cautions
    • Avoid with excess dampness, nausea, vomiting.
    • Incompatible with Gan Sui, Da Ji, Yuan Hua, Hai Zao (although used in some formulas with Hai Zao).
    • If taken for long periods of time, may cause hypertension and/or edema.

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

Gou Teng

Gui Ban

  • Fresh Water Turtle Shell
    • Nourish yin, anchor yang - yin deficiency with ascending yang, night sweats, dizziness, tinnitus, steaming bone disorder.
    • Liver and kidney yin deficiency - internal wind symptoms, facial spasms, hand and feet tremors.
    • Benefits kidneys, strengthens bone - sore back, weak legs, slow skeletal growth in children.
    • Cools the blood - stops uterine bleeding due to heat in the blood, excessive menses.
    • Tonify blood, nourish the heart, calm the heart - anxiety, insomnia.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

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

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.

He Huan Pi

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  • Mimosa Tree Bark
    • Calms the spirit, relieves constrained emotions - vexation, depression, insomnia, irritability, poor memory.
    • Invigorates the blood, alleviates pain - pain and swelling due to trauma, abscesses.
    • The flower, He Huan Hua (ye he hua, ye he mi) has similar functions for calming the shen from liver constraint - insomnia, chest oppression, irritability.
  • Herbs That Nourish The Heart and Calm The Spirit
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution during pregnancy (stimulates uterine contractions).

He Ye

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

Hu Po

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  • Amber
    • Arrest tremors, stop palpitations, calm the spirit - tremor, palpitation, anxiety, excessive dreams, insomnia, poor memory, convulsions, seizures.
    • Invigorate the blood, dissipate stasis - amenorrhea with pain, palpable masses, coronary heart disease.
    • Promote urination, invigorate the blood - xue lin.
    • Reduce swellings, promote healing - sores, carbuncles, ulcers, genital swelling and pain.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit

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 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 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

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

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.

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

Lian Zi

Ling Yang Jiao

  • Antelope Horn
    • Extinguishes wind, controls spasms and convulsions - spasms, convulsions, seizures, expecially in children with high fever.
    • Calms the liver, anchors the yang - for liver yang rising, dizziness, headache, red eyes, photophobia, spasms, convulsions.
    • Drains heat and fire - delirium, manic behavior, loss of consciousness, heat in the pericardium.
  • Herbs That Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors

Long Gu

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  • Fossilized Bones
    • Calms the spirit - emotional distress, insomnia, palpitations, anxiety, seizures.
    • Calms the liver, anchors floating yang - irritable, blurred vision, vertigo, bad temper.
    • Prevents leakage of fluids due to deficiency - spermatorrhea, night sweats, spontaneous sweating, vaginal discharge, nocturnal emissions, uterine bleeding.
    • Topically for chronic non-healing sores and ulcerations.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit

Long Yan Rou

  • Longan Fruit Flesh
    • Tonify heart and spleen, nourish blood, calm the spirit - insomnia, palpitations, poor memory, dizziness.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

Lu Dou

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

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).

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.

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 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

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.

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

Sang Shen

  • Mulberry Fruit-Spike
    • Tonifies blood and enriches yin - dizziness, tinnitus, insomnia, premature graying of the hair.
    • Constipation due to blood deficiency in the elderly, xiao ke due to yin deficiency.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

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.

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 Chang Pu

Shu Di Huang

  • Rehmannia, Chinese Foxglove Root
    • This is the root of Sheng Di Huang (steamed and dried, or soaked in red wine and dried).
    • Tonify blood for blood deficiency with dizziness, pallid complexion, palpitations, insomnia, irregular menses, uterine bleeding, post partum bleeding.
    • Nourish yin - kidney yin deficiency with nightsweats, xiao ke, steaming bone disorder, nocturnal emissions.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

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 Jiu Gui Ban

  • Deep Fried Fresh Water Turtle Shell
    • This is the deep fried version of Gui Ban.  For more information see the Gui Ban page.  Deep frying helps to moderate the cold action of the herb.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Su Mu

Suan Zao Ren

  • Sour Jujube Seed
    • Nourishes heart yin, tonifies liver blood, quiets the spirit - irritability, insomnia, palpitations, anxiety due to blood or yin deficiency.
    • Prevents abnormal sweating - spontaneous sweating, nightsweats.
  • Herbs That Nourish The Heart and Calm The Spirit

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 Zhu Huang

  • Siliceous Secretions of Bamboo
    • Clears and transforms phlegm-heat - difficult to expectorate sputum.
    • Clears heat and arrests convulsions - spasms, convulsions due to phlegm-heat, especially in children.
  • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat

Tu Bie Chong

  • Wingless Cockroach
    • Breaks up and drives out blood stasis - wide variety of blood stasis such as abdominal masses and amenorrhea, numb and swollen tongue due to blood stasis.
    • Renews joints, sinews, bones - contusions, fractures, lacerations.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Wu Wei Zi

  • Schisandra Fruit/Seed
    • Constrain leakage of lung qi, enriches kidney yin - chronic cough and wheezing due to kidney and lung deficiency.
    • Tonify the kidneys, bind the essence, stop diarrhea - nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, leukorrhea, frequent urination, daybreak diarrhea.
    • Inhibits sweating, generates fluids - thirst with excess sweat, spontaneous sweating, nightsweats, xiao ke.
    • Quiet the spirit, calm the heart - irritability, palpitations, insomnia due to blood deficiency or kidney and heart yin injury.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind
  • Cautions
    • Do Not Use With Presence Of OPI.

Xi Gua

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 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

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.

Xue Jie

  • Dragons Blood
    • Dispels blood stasis, relieves pain - traumatic injury, fractures, contusion, sprains, bruising.
    • Stops bleeding (topically) - external injury.
    • Protects decay of ulcer's surface, generates flesh - chronic non-healing sores.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Yan Hu Suo

Ye Jiao Teng

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.

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.

Yuan Zhi

Zhe Bei Mu

Zhen Zhu

  • Pearl
    • Sedates the heart - tremor, palpitations, seizures, childhood convulsions.
    • Clears the liver - blurred vision.
    • Promotes healing, generates flesh - ulcers of the gums or throat.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit

Zhi Gan Cao

  • Honey Fried Licorice Root
    • This preparation increases the qi tonifying aspects of the heart and spleen along with its general harmonizing function within formulas.  See Gan Cao for complete information.
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi

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.

Zhu Sha

  • Cinnabar
    • Sedates the heart, calms the spirit - restlessness, palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, convulsion.
    • Clears heat, relieves toxicity - carbuncles, sore throat.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit
  • Cautions
    • Mercury Toxicity.

Zi Cao

  • Groomwell Root, Lithospermum
    • Clears Heat, Cools the Blood, Relieves Fire Toxicity while Venting Rashes. Encourages rashes to surface, often for fire toxin with very dark purple rashes.
    • Topically. Clears damp heat, damp heat skin lesion, vaginal itching, burns.
    • Moisten Intestines, Unblock Bowels. Heat in the blood with constipation.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood

Zi Hua Di Ding




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