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Herbal Tastes

Herbal Medicine Tastes(Flavors, Properties)

Bitter 1. 2. 3. 4. Contra 1. Drying,good for dampness and phlegm in the ht,lu,gb,st, sp n 2. Downbearing, not good for pregnancy, prolapse 3. Moving 4.Draining, not good for deficient conditions not good for Yin, blood, or fluid deficiency
Sweet 1. 2. 1. Tonify deficiency: Qi, blood, body fluids, yin and yang, essence 2. Moderate Effects of harsh herbs, enable multiple herbs to work harmoniously Contraindicated for: any excess condition within the body, heavy and hard to digest
Acrid 1. 2. 1. Dispersing, eliminate pathogens on exterior by inducing sweat, skin problems 2. Moving, primary means of treating qi and blood stagnation Not good for deficiencies unless used with tonic herbs, blood moving not good for pregnancy
Salty 1. 2. 1. Softening, all forms of hardness, phlegm nodules, thickened phlegm, abdominal masses from blood stasis 2. Moistening, moisten and move stool Not good for conditions of fluid accumulation
Sour 1. 2. 1Astringent, hold fluids in the body, excessive sweating or incontinence, frequency, diarrhea, pre-ejac, 2.Consolidate lung qi to treat coughing from deficiency, can treat excessive bleeding prolapse, ground effect, insomnia No good for excess condition
Astringent 1. 1. same as sour without the taste
Aromatic 1. 2. 3. 1. Light, fast moving, penetrating fragrance 2. Dampness in MJ, Phlegm in UJ: loss of consciousness 3. Carry other herbs to hard to reach places 4. Blood stasis with moving acrid herbs Not good for yin deficiency or Qi collapse
Bland 1. 2. 3. 1. Leech out dampness 2. Promote urination, treat damp conditions (edema) 3. Keep fluids moving properly Not good for deficient fluids or dryness
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