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Herbs 1-Week 9

Purgatives, Moist Laxatives, Cathartics/Harsh Expelants

QuestionAnswer
Famous Dui Yao for Draining Heat & Purging Excess Da Huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei) + Mang Xiao (Natrii Sulfas)
Not as strong, in general, as Da Huang and Mang Xiao, but its downward draining action is actually stronger. So pregnant women probably would want to avoid this in a OTC laxative at CVS. Fan Xie Ye (Folium Senna)
Its downward draining action is so strong that it is sometimes used in cleansing intestines before abdominal surgery or diagnostic procedures. Fan Xie Ye (Folium Senna)
Elimates Heat and Stagnation by Draining Downward. Is Bitter and Cold (like the entire group) but also SWEET! Fan Xie Ye (Folium Senna)
Drains Heat and Purges Excess- but does SO MUCH more. Cools Blood/Stops Bleeding (especially charred version). Invigorates Blood (without causing Blood Stasis), especially when wine fried. Also clears Damp Heat and promotes diuresis (if cooked >30 mins). Da Huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei)
Caution/contraindication: nursing mothers. Could cause diarrhea in infants. deannie said Da Huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei). but this also seems to be true of Senna (Fan Xie Ye)
For strong purgative effect, add NEAR END of decoction or boil separately for THREE MINUTES. Da Huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei)
The "attacking laxative" Da Huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei)
This one is Bitter, (VERY) Cold and SALTY. Goes to LI-ST So draws moisture into large intestine, to soften hardness. Mang Xiao (Natrii Sulfas)
Add to strained decoction AFTER straining. Mang Xiao (Natrii Sulfas)
Drains Downward, Purges Excess and since it also goes to LR (in addition to LI & ST), it can Clear Liver Fire ("type A road rage). Also kills parasites such as ring worm. Herba Aloes (Lu Hui)
Lubricates the intestine and is a sort of Yin Tonic. So it is great for postpartum constipation, the elderly and any other Yin deficient patients. Hua Ma Ren (Cannabis Semen)
These two Moist Laxatives both enter the same three meridians. What are they? LI-ST-SP
Careful: Overdose of this Moist Laxative could cause diarrhea. Hua Ma Ren (Cannabis Semen)
Both of these Moist Laxatives are Neutral and Sweet. But which one is also Bitter and Acrid? Semen Pruni (Yu Li Ren)
Moist Laxative. Goes to LI-ST-SP (as do they both) but is Bitter and Acrid as well as Sweet and Neutral. Promotes urination and helps reduce edema in feet! Semen Pruni (Yu Li Ren)
Whereas Hemp Seed (Hua Ma Ren) is a bit of a Blood/Qi tonic. The other Moist Laxative is more of a "qi regulator of the LI." What is it? Semen Pruni (Yu Li Ren)
All five of the Expellant/Cathartics enter KID except one. Which one? Fructus Crotonis (Ba Dou)
All five of the Expellant/Cathartics are Bitter & Cold except one. Which one? And what are its properties? Fructus Crotonis (Ba Dou) H.A.T. Hot, Acrid, Toxic
"Potent ability to drive out all PHOUR pathogenic fluids" Semen Pharbititidis (Qian Nu Zi aka Morning Glory Seed)
Which of the Harsh Expellants/Cathartics is SWEET (SUI-) and "more about urination?") Gan Sui (Radix Euphorbiae Kansui)
"Violent passage of water from the anus." (DJ says this sweet HE/C is strongest of the three.) Gan Sui (Radix Euphorbiae Kansui)
Over dose of this particularly NOXIOUS HE/C may occur by direct contact or following systemic absorption. Da Ji (Radix Europhorbiae seu KNOXiae)
There are 2 herbs in the Materia Medica by this name. One if used often as a Hemostatic. One is in the HE/C category and mostly academic. What is it? Da Ji (Radix Europhorbiae seu KNOXiae)
This is the only Hot or Warm of the HE/C group. So it is useful for COLD Accumulation leading to constipation and pain. Ba Dou (Fructus Crotonis)
Can cause diarrhea in doses as little as 0.01 g. Ba Dou (Fructus Crotonis)
Twenty drops taken internally have been fatal d/t fluid loss. Ba Dou (Fructus Crotonis)
What is Da Huang's main indication? Constipation d/t Heat stagnation
Of the 4 purgative herbs/substances, which one (according to Kim) can also be used for jaundice d/t Damp-Heat? Da Huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei)
DJ says 3 minutes. Kim book says 10 minutes. What is the question (about preparation of Da Huang)? How long should it be cooked for strong purgative effect?
Wine-treated Da Huang is best for treating what? Blood stagnation/stasis (Invigorate Blood)
Kim book says... "To purge bowels one should use ______" RAW Da Huang (!!)
Which of the Purgative herbs/substances could be used to treat amenorrhea d/t Blood Stasis? Da Huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei)
Which herb is contraindicated for nursing mothers because it enters the breast milk? Da Huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei) but also seems that Senna Leaf too
What is the proper way to cook Mang Xiao? Dissolved into strained decoction
Which purgative can moisten dryness and soften hardness d/t Excess Heat? Mang Xiao (Natrii Sulfas)
Which herb not only purges and promotes bowel movements but can also clear the Liver and kill parasites? Lu Hui (Herba Aloes)
Which herb not only purges and promotes bowel movements but can also Clear Liver Fire manifesting as headache, irritability, hypochondriac pain, red eyes? Lu Hui (Herba Aloes)
Which purgative can promote bowel movement and also treat ringworm or roundworm? Lu Hui (Herba Aloes)
What does Da Ji (Radix Euphorbiae seu Knoxiae) do besides heavily purge? Reduce swelling & disperse stagnation
Created by: mrbarr