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Intro to Herbs-F1

DJ Final- First Group: Damp, Damp & More Damp

Fu Ling (Poria) Enters SP & KD (among others) to PROMOTE URINATION and tonify SP in order to treat edema. Is sweet (for SP) and bland/neutral for peeing.
Hou Po (Cortex magnoliae) One of the BAW barks. But this one is also AROMATIC. And as such "BREAKS OPEN THE QI." Enters 2 interior-exterior pairs (LU-LI and SP-ST). Regulates & Descends Qi. Regulate to dry dampness & reduce stagnation. Descend to dissolve phlegm & relieve wheezing
Shan Zha (Fructus grataegi) Sour, sweet and sl warm. SP-ST and LIV. Hopefully all you need to know about Hawthorn berry is that it promotes digestion and treats food stagnation. (Also used to treat hypertension and high cholesterol?)
Xing Ren (Semen armeniacae amarum) Think of Harley. Cough & constipation. So LU and ST. What else do you need to know? That it's bitter, sl warm, sl toxic?
Ai Ye (Folium artemisiae argyi) Warms the channels to stop bleeding (esp. gyn bleeding and relieve (cold) pain.) What else should we know? Dispels dampness & used topically for ezcema & itching?? Enters LIV & KID.
Chen Pi (Pericarpium citri) Not a bark. But it is BAW -- and Aromatic. It is said to Regulate the QI, adjust the Middle Jiao, regulate SP & ST Qi, dry dampness, resolve phlegm (to help cough), and warm Yang in the Middle Jiao. ADDED TO FORMULAS TO AID DIGESTION & PREVENT STAGNATION.
Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma ligustici chuanxiong) This is the herb whose name you may never remember that is "OFTEN ADDED TO BLOOD TONIC HERBS TO PREVENT STAGNATING EFFECT." It activates Qi AND Blood circulation. "One of the best for gynecology disorders" Also for PMS headaches.
Dan Shen (Radix salviae) This is the bitter and (sl) cold root. It ACTIVATES and COOLS the Blood. Also calms the shen by cooling the HT. DILATES CORONARY ARTERIES & HELPS BLOOD GET TO HEART. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT HERBS FOR ANGINA.
Wu Zhu Yu (Fructus erudiae) This is the hot & toxic evodia fruit. It warms, dries and activates qi circulation. Good for migraine & vertex headaches with nausea & vomiting (because warms Middle Jiao). Diarrhea.
Gua Luo (Fructus trichosanthus) Only way you'll remember this, I fear, is by the Tricosanthus Fruit part. It is sweet, BLAND, and COLD!! So it is for PHLEGM-HEAT.
Du Huo (Radix angelics Ppubenscentis) Not sure how to remember this. Apparently it's a big herb for arthritis (Wind-Damp): aches & pains of muscles & joints. Also Releases the Exteterior. HALLMARK FOR BOTH ACUTE & CHRONIC. Goes to UB and KID-- so most effective in Lower Half of the body.
Ban Zia (Rhizoma pinelliae) What to remember about this other than that it is "Half (or Middle) Summer?" It is acrid, warm & TOXIC!!!!! (Not just slighty toxic but TOXIC.) Best for rebellious LU qi and ST qi.
In a word: Ban Xia (Rhizoma pinelliae) Acrid, warm, TOXIC. So okay for phlegm cough but not for Yin deficiency cough.
In a word: Fu Ling (Poria) Bland, neutral, Pee. (Since it's neutral temperature, can be used for both excess & deficiency.)
In a word: Hou Po (Cortex magnoliae) BA--AROMATIC-W: Breaks open the Qi.
In a word: Shan Zha (Frutus grataegi) Food stagnation/digestion. Also CAD, hypertension.
In a word: Xing Ren (Semen armeniacae amarum) Cough & constipation. (LU-LI) Bitter, sl warm, sl toxic.
In a word: Ai Ye (Folium artemisiae argyi) Warms the channels to stop bleeding & relive pain.
In a word: Chen Pi (Pericarpium citri) Added to formulas to aid digestion & prevent stagnation.
In a word: Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma ligustici chuanxioing) Activates Qi and Blood. Good for arthritis & menstrual headaches.
In a word: Dan Shen (Radix salviae miltiorrhizae) Slighty COLD. HT-PC-LIV So cools (and activates) Blood. Cardiac ischemia & angina.
In a word: Wu Zhu Yu (Fructus erudiae) (bitter, acrid) HOT & SL TOXIC! So dries dampness by WARMING and dispelling cold.
In a word: Gua Luo (Fructus trichosanthus) Sweet, bland, COLD. For Heat-Phlegm
In a word: Du Huo (Radix angelicis pubenscentis) Wind-Damp. Acute & Chronic. Lower half of body.
Created by: mrbarr