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TCM Herbs with Warm (Wen) Properties



Warm (Wen) - General Concepts



116 Herbs In Our Database Have Warm (Wen) Properties

Ai Ye

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

Ba Ji Tian

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

Ba Qia

  • Chinaroot Greenbier Rhizome
    • Useful for arthritic conditions by expelling wind-damp and promoting urination.
    • Induces sweat and relieves the exterior - diarrhea, dysentery.
    • Can be used for hemorrhoids, skin infections, psoriasis, leukorrhea and STD's such as gonorrhea and syphilis via the function of eliminating toxic heat.
    • Used with diabetes via the kidney and liver systems.
    • Has anti-cancer properties - breast, stomach.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with yin deficiency.

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 Dou Kou

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

Bai Fu Zi

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

Bai Hua She

  • Agkistrodon, Bungarus Snake with Inner Organs Removed
    • Powerfully unblocks the channels and dispels wind - chronic wind-damp with numbness and weakness of the limbs and cramping of the sinews, tinea, numbness of the skin, any type of rash, spasms, facial paralysis or hemiplegia due to wind-stroke.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

Bai Ji Li

Bai Jie Zi

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

Bai Qian

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

Bai Zhi

Bai Zhu

Ban Xia

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

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

Bu Gu Zhi

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

Can Sha

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

Cang 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

Cao Dou Kou

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 Shi Zhi

  • Halloysite, Kaolin
    • Binds the intestines, stops cold diarrhea - cold diarrhea with mucus and bleeding.
    • Contain the blood, stop bleeding - uterine bleeding, excess menses, prolapse.
    • Promotes healing of wounds, chronic ulcers, topically for weeping damp sores.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind
  • Cautions

Chuan Xiong

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

Cong Bai

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

Da Fu Pi

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

Da Zao

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  • Chinese Date, Jujube
    • Tonifies spleen qi - weakness, shortness of breath, reduced appetite, loose stools.
    • Nourishes the blood, calms the spirit - irritability, pale complexion, emotional disturbances, restlessness.
    • Useful to harmonize the harsh properties of other herbs.
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi
  • Cautions
    • May cause heat, dampness, and phlegm leading to fullness in the middle jiao, food stagnation.

Dan Dou Chi

Dang Gui

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

Ding Xiang

Dong Chong Xia Cao

  • Chinese Caterpillar Fungus, Cordyceps
    • Strengthen kidney, tonify yang - impotence, sore/weak back.
    • Tonify kidney yang, nourish lung yin, transform phlegm, stop cough - chronic cough, wheezing from deficiency, blood-streaked sputum.
    • Tonifies yin and yang, safe - can be used long term.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Du Huo

Du Zhong

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

E Zhu

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

Fang Feng

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  • Ledebouriella root, siler
    • Releases exterior, expel wind-cold (headache, chills, body ache)
    • Bi-Syndromes, Wind-Damp, alleviates pain, relieves spasms (not very strong, only as a supporting herb)
    • Trembling hands and/or feet
    • Spleen/Liver intestinal issues - painful diarrhea, bright blood in stool
    • Migraines
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  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in Yin Deficiency - Empty Heat
    • Avoid in spasms from Blood Deficiency

Fo Shou

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

Fu Pen Zi

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.

Gao Ben

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

    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

    Gui Zhi

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

    Hai Feng Teng

    Hai Piao Xiao

    • Cuttlefish Bone
      • Stops uterine bleeding with vaginal discharge - useful for deficiency patterns.
      • Retains essence due to kidney deficiency - nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, leukorrhea.
      • Harmonizes the stomch - epigastric pain, acid reflux.
      • Resolves dampness, promotes healing - topically for rashes and ulcers.
      • Diarrhea from deficiency patterns - pain CV 8 (navel), diarrhea/dysentery.
    • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

    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

    Hong Hua

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

    Hou Po

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

    Hu Tao Ren

    • Walnut Nut
      • Tonify Kidneys - weak back and knees with coldness, frequent urination.
      • Warms lung, help kidney grasp lung qi - chronic cough, wheezing.
      • Moisten intestines - constipation in elderly patients.
    • Herbs That Tonify Yang

    Huang Qi

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    • Astragalus Root
      • Tonifies spleen qi - lack of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea.
      • Raises yang qi of spleen and stomach - prolapse of uterus, stomach, rectum, uterine bleeding.
      • Augments the wei qi and stabilizes the exterior - deficiency w/spontaneous sweating, frequent colds or shortness of breath.
      • Tonify qi and blood due to loss of blood - postpartum fever.
      • Edema from deficiency.
      • Promote discharge of pus, generate flesh - sores due to deficiency.
    • Herbs That Tonify Qi

    Huo Xiang

    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

    Jiang Xiang

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

    Jing Jie

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

    Jiu 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.

    Ju Hong

    Kuan Dong Hua

    Li Zhi He

    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 Jiao Jiao

    • Deer Antler Glue
      • Tonifies kidney yang - low energy, fertility issues.
      • Tonifies kidney essence - impotence, fertility, low sperm count
      • Stops bleeding - blood in the stools, excessive menstruation, blood in the urine
    • Herbs That Tonify Yang

    Lu Rong

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    • Elk/Deer Horn, Velvet
      • Tonify kidneys, strengthen yang - fatigue, impotence, cold limbs, lightheadedness, lower back and knee pain, tinnitus, frequent and clear urine.
      • Tonify the governing vessel, augments essence and blood, strengthens sinews and bones - children with mental/physical developmental issues.
      • Regulates the conception vessel, chong mai, and stabilizies the dai mai - cold deficient leukorrhea or uterine bleeding, infertility with a cold womb.
      • Tonifies and nourishes qi and blood - chronic ulcerations/yin-type boils (concave, clear fluid oozing, unhealing).
    • Herbs That Tonify Yang

    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

      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

      Mu Gua

      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

      Qiang Huo

      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

      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.

      Rou Cong Rong

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      • Fleshy Stem of Broomrape
        • Tonify kidneys, strengthen yang - reproductive and urinary disorders such as impotence, spermatorrhea, urinary incontinence, posturinary dripping, cold pains in lower back and knees.
        • Warms womb - infertility, excessive uterine bleeding, leukorrhea from cold deficiency.
        • Moistens instestines - constipation, good for elderly or younger patients with blood and/or qi deficiency.
      • Herbs That Tonify Yang

      Rou Dou Kou

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

      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 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

      Sha Ren

      Sha Yuan Ji Li

      • Milkvetch Seed, Astragalus Seed
        • Tonify kidney yang, secures essence - lower back pain, tinnitus, impotence, premature ejaculation, frequent urination, incontinence, leukorrhea.
        • Strengthen kidney and liver - poor vision, blurred vision.
      • Herbs That Tonify Yang

      Shan Zha

      Shan Zhu Yu

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      • Asiatic Cornelian Cherry Fruit
        • 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.
      • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

      She Chuang Zi

      She Xiang

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

      Shen Qu

      Sheng Jiang

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

        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 Zi

        Suo Yang

        • Fleshy Stem of Cynomorium
          • Tonify kidney yang - impotence, frequent urination, spermatorrhea.
          • Nourish blood, tonify essence, strengthen sinews - motor impairment, paralysis from blood and jing deficiency.
          • Moisten instestines - constipation due to qi and/or blood deficiency.
        • Herbs That Tonify Yang

        Tan Xiang

        Tian Nan Xing

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

        Wei Ling Xian

        Wu Gong

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

        Wu Jia Pi

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

        Wu 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 Mei

        • Mume Fruit
          • Inhibit leakage of lung qi - lung deficiency cough.
          • Binds intestines - chronic diarrhea or dysentery.
          • Generates fluids - alleviates thirst due to heat from deficiency or qi and yin deficiency, xiao ke.
          • Expels roundworm - alleviates abdominal pain.
          • Stops bleeding - blood in the stool, uterine bleeding with blood deficiency signs (dryness, thirst, parched mouth).
        • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

        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.

        Wu Yao

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

        Xi Xin

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

        Xiang Ru

        Xiao Hui Xiang

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

        Xie Bai

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

        Xin Yi Hua

        Xing Ren

        Xiong Huang

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

        Xu Duan

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

        Xuan Fu Hua

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

        Yan Hu Suo

        Yi Zhi Ren

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

        Yin Yang Huo

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

        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

        Yue Ji Hua

        • Partially Opened Flower of Chinese Tea Rose
          • Invigorates blood and regulates menses - blood stasis w/scanty menses, amenorrhea, and/or chest and abdominal pain and distention.
        • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
        • Cautions
          • Avoid during Pregnancy.

        Zao Jiao

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

        Zao Jiao Ci

        Ze Lan

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

        Zhi 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

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        Zi Su Ye

        Zi Wan




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