Stabilizing and binding herbs most often have sour and astringent properties. They are useful for conditions involving excess discharges or structures slipping from proper positions (uterine prolapse, excessive sweat, diarrhea, excessive urination). These herbs must be combined with appropriate herbs or formulas to treat the root cause of these conditions, most often deficiency syndromes. Generally these herbs will only treat isolated aspects of these conditions.
Stabilize the kidneys, retain the essence - leaking of fluids due to weak essence, excessive urination, incontinence, spermatorrhea, excessive sweating, for devastated yang and collapsed qi, as in shock.
Tonify the liver and kidney - lightheadedness, dizziness, impotence, sore back and knees, tonifies the jing and assists the yang.
Stabilize menses - excessive uterine bleeding, prolonged menses, weak effect.