Expel Dampness - General Herbal Formula Category Concepts


Expel Dampness Functional Grouping

Dampness in Chinese Medicine terms is a part of the yin energy of the body and has the effect of slowing and blocking the flow of energy in the body. Dampness may arise from the environment (external) or from poor dietary habits and/or emotional stress (internal). It generally takes a while to build up in the body and once there can be difficult to resolve entirely. The signs of dampness range from general heaviness of the body, fatigue, nausea and/or edema to various psycho-emotional symptoms such as depression, insomnia and anxiety. The spleen and the kidney systems are generally involved and this most often arises from an internal deficiency. The herbs in this category should be used cautiously in people with yin deficiency and/or dryness.

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The Expel Dampness Category Contains (21) TCM formulas In Our Database

Ba Zheng Wan

Eight Herb Powder for Rectification


  • Painful urination when it arises from damp heat syndrome - urinary tract infections, leukorrhea, cystitis.
  • Prostatitis when from damp heat.
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin Wan

    Dioscorea Formula To Separate The Clear


    • Generally for painful urination issues (gao lin) that arises from kidney yang deficiency.
    • With related kidney yang deficiency pattern - chronic urinary tract infections, leukorrhea, vaginal thrush.
    • Chronic prostatitis, particularly with white and cloudy urine.
  • Promote Urination and Leach out Dampness
  • Chen Xiang Hua Qi Wan

    Aquilaria Qi Transforming Pills


    For spleen qi deficiency with damp heat accumulation in the lower.  The spleen system is effectively the western version of the digestive system.  The spleen is responsible for extracting the energy from the food and properly breaking the food down.  When the spleen is weak the overall energy tends to drop, the appetite may be poor, and the mood may also be on the down side.  Furthermore, the weakness of the spleen results in the accumulation of byproducts (damp) which tend to accumulate in the lower.

    Symptoms may include diarrhea, constipation, excessive gas, and abdominal distension.  This formula is used to treat belching, acid reflux, poor appetite, abdominal distension, flatulence, constipation, and abdominal cramping and discomfort.

    Tongue: puffy, sticky or greasy coat

    Pulse: slippery, weak

  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan

    Solitary Hermit Teapills


    • For chronic pain due to obstruction (bi zheng) with liver and kidney deficiency.
    • For lower back pain often with weakness and/or pain in the knees.
    • For arthritis, especially the type affected by cold/damp weather.
  • Dispel Wind-Dampness
  • Fang Ji Huang Qi Wan

    Stephania and Astragalus Teapills


    • Wind damp / wind edema (feng shui, literally "wind water") patterns, generally acute - heavy sensation of the body, superficial edema, difficulty with urination - idiopathic edema, ascites.
    • Weak wei qi - frequent colds, flus.
    • Wind damp bi syndromes (osteoarthritis or rheumatoid, swelling, edema), particularly of the knees.
    • Idiopathic sweating issues (weak exterior and weak spleen).
    • Bone fractures with the right underlying issues, generally associated with damp bi.
    • Weight loss with deficiency signs (weak appetite, heavy sensation of body).
  • Promote Urination and Leach out Dampness
  • Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan

    Agastache Powder to Correct the Qi


    • Acute flu or cold symptoms including fever, aversion to cold, headaches, sinus pressure, runny nose.
    • Vomitting and diarrhea from interior damp with possible abdominal cramps or pains.
  • Transform Damp Turbidity
  • Jiang Dan Gu Chun Wan

    Contribute To Youthfulness Pills


    • For high cholesterol, generally focuses on strengthening metabolism, transforming dampness, tonifying spleen qi, and mildly moving blood stasis in Chinese Medicine terms.
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Juan Bi Wan

    Remove Painful Obstruction Decoction


    • Wind-cold-damp bi syndromes in qi deficient patients - joint pain possibly with heaviness of the limbs that generally improves with movement.  Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gouty arthritis.  With wind-cold-damp patterns other inflammatory conditions such as fibromyalgia.
    • Atrophy from qi and blood stagnation - stroke recovery.
  • Dispel Wind-Dampness
  • Li Dan Wan

    Benefit The Gallbladder Pills


    • A range of gallbladder, liver and related digestive/obstructive issues - clears damp heat from the liver and gall bladder in TCM terms.  Symptoms may include gallstones and/or a range of digestive issues from poor gallbladder function – nausea, vomiting, jaundice. 
    • Hepatitis, particularly acute viral, along with other supportive formulas when arising from damp heat.
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Li Niao Pai Shi Wan

    Water Stone Removal Pill


    •  Useful for a range of calcifications/stones - kidney stones, bladder stones, ureter stones and when the underlying pathology is appropriate gallstones.  Generally involves collections of damp heat in the lower warmer.
    • Besides stones, symptoms may range from small volumes of urination, pain with urination, urgency, itching and/or pain in the groin generally.
  • Promote Urination and Leach out Dampness
  • Mu Xiang Shun Qi Wan

    Saussurea Qi Promoting Pills


    • Bloating, lower abdominal pain, sluggish bowels.
    • Acid reflux/heartburn, nausea with possible vomitting after meals.
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Ping Wei Wan

    Calm the Stomach Powder


    • Damp cold stagnation in the middle jiao - poor appetite, indigestion, gastritis, loose stools, heavy sensation of the limbs, fatigue.
    • Can be used to induce labor with appropriate underlying diagnoses.
  • Promote Urination and Leach out Dampness
  • San Jin Wan

    Triple Gold Pills


    • Painful/burning or diffulty urination possibly with increased urgency due to damp heat accumulation.
    • Dark or scanty urine.
    • Urinary stones.
    • Urinary tract infection.
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Si Miao Wan

    Four Marvels Powder


    • Damp-Heat Bi-Syndromes in Chinese Medicine terms - arthritis with hot swollen joints. With the right underlying diagnosis both osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis would respond.
    • Gout.
    • Weakness and/or atrophy in the lower body with swelling.
    • Leukorrhea and other heat related discharge.
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Wu Lin San Wan

    Gardenia & Hoelen Formula


    • Painful urination with cloudy or dark urine due to heat.
    • Possibly blood in the urine -bright red blood not occult.
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Wu Ling San Wan

    Five-Ingredient Powder with Poria


    • Generally used, often in conjunction with other formulas, as a mild-diuretic and mild spleen strengthening formula - for edema from spleen qi deficiency primarily.
  • Promote Urination and Leach out Dampness
  • Xi Guan Jie Bi Tong Wan

    Knee Joint Pain Relief


    • Arthritis from damp heat in Chinese Medicine terms.
    • Knee issues with kidney and liver systems involvement.
    • Lower body pain and/or inflammation - hips, knees, ankles, toes especially when the pain moves around due to interior wind.
    • Connective tissue disorders.
  • Dispel Wind-Dampness
  • Xiao Huo Luo Wan

    Minor Invigorate Channels Pills


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  • Dispel Wind-Dampness
  • Yu Dai Wan

    Cure Discharge Leucorrhea Pill


    • Abnormal vaginal discharge - yellow or green colour, cottage-cheese like texture and foul smelling.
    • Painful urination, burning, increased urgency/frequency. 
    • Yeast infection.
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Zhuang Gu Guan Jie Wan

    Invigorate Bone and Joint Pills


    • Damp and Cold bi-syndromes - arthritis (osteo primarily), joint pain, muscles aches that is aggravated with cold and/or damp weather - weakness of the knee, pain in lower back, general weakness, pain in joints, stiffness of joints, and pain that moves around. 
  • Dispel Wind-Dampness
  • Zuo Gu Shen Jing Tong Wan

    Sciatica Pills


    • Wind-cold-damp bi syndromes with particular issues in the lower back and legs - sciatic pain, heaviness in the lower body, hip and knee pain, arthritis in those areas (osteo or rheumatoid).
  • Dispel Wind-Dampness
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