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Herbs II- Week 2

Herbs that Drain Damp & Transform Damp

Di Fu Zi aka Fructus Kochiae. It's a 'one trick pony' that will make you millions if you are good at this. What's the indication? (Hint: Di Fu Zi means "earth skin seeds") Dermatology! More specifically: Expel Damp & Damp Heat from the skin (b/c it's BC) Goes to UB only. Eczema, psoriasis, genital itching.
Shitting his guts out. What was the big dysentery herb? (It's Sweet/Cold and enter LU-LI as well as SI and ST!) Dong Gua Zi aka Semen Benincasae Hispidae (winter melon seed)
Clears toxic heat from LI & SI (pus, mucous, phlegm) and is used effectively for Crohn's, IBS, ulercative colitis, even appendicits. Also leucorrhea. Dong Gua Zi aka Semen Benincasae Hispidae (winter melon seed)
This was his flatulence story. So this is Transform Damp, not Drain Damp/Diuretic. He says its really a qi regulator misclassified as Damp herb. But it's the "#1 herb for Cold Damp." Hou Po aka Cortex Magnolia Officinalis. Is BAW-Aromatic and enters the first 2 of the Zang Fu organ pairs: LU-LI and SP-ST.
Even though this bark is classified as Transform Damp, it does NOT strengthen the Spleen. Rather, it appears to have such a strong qi regulating effect that it is how it helps descend rebellious qi. Hou Po aka Cortex Magnolia Officinalis. BAW-Aromatic. LU/LI & SP/ST
This was his Rice Dream story. This herb is the "only" herb capable of "separating clear from turbid." Maybe look to the Dios or the Hypoglaucae in the name to think of Dreams or cloudy urine. Rhizoma Dioscoriae Hypoglaucae aka Bei Xie. Is Bitter/Neutral and enters UB, Stomach and Liver!
Use this one for Gao Lin (cloudy urine) Rhizoma Dioscoriae Hypoglaucae aka Bei Xie. Is Bitter/Neutral and enters UB, Stomach and Liver!
"Separate clear from turbid" but also dispels Wind-Damp to relax sinews. And b/c it is Neutral in temp (and Bitter), it can be used in Cold Damp or Heat Damp. Bei Xie aka Rhizoma Dioscoriae Hypoglaucae (Maybe think of the Bei Xie as "Bi" and "double"; that is, both heat and cold Bi syndrome?)
Don't confuse Dong Gua Zi with Dong KUI Zi. Dong Kui Zi (aka Semen Abutili seu Malvae) is also Sweet & Cold and ALSO goes to LI & SI. But enters UB and not LU-ST. And has 3 (Bs) distinct actions. What are they? Bladder, Breast, Bowel. Bladder= Lin Syndrome (Heat, Blood, Stone). Breast= painful swollen breasts, as well as edema d/t pregnancy. Bowel= moisten intestine
Was this the busted while milking his wife's teets at a restaurant story? Maybe remember it then as Albutili seu Malvae as Al sucking mammaries? Dong Kui Zi aka Semen Abutili seu Malvae (the other 2 Bs besides Breast are Bladder (Lin Syndrome) and Bowel. It is Sweet and Cold and enters UB (√) and LI (√) and SI (?).
What to say about the adzuki--aka "dark red little" bean? Chi Xiao Dou aka Semen Phaseoli? It is Sweet, SOUR (??) and Neutral. And oddly enough enters only HT-SI. Says "strong downward action" and "leg qi."
Not much on Stephanie (Radix Stephaniae Tetrandrae) aka Han Fang Zi either. Mostly he said it's a VERY strong diuretic and useful for "leg qi." Because it is BAC (goes to UB/KD and SP!!) it is also useful for what? Heat Bi!!! (reddened, swollen, painful joints)
He also mentioned "oliguria" in context of Stephanie... Han Fang Zi aka Radix Stephaniae Tetrandrae. BAC UB/KD/SP "Very potent diuretic"
What to say about the "Gold Money Herb?" It is one of the Three Jins. So what is its principal use? DISSOLVES STONES!! But because it enters LR/GB in addition to KD/UB, it is especially useful for GALLSTONES. Also, b/c of the LR/GB thing: YANG JAUNDICE (Damp Heat in LR/GB). Urinary stones too.
Herba Artemisiae Capillaris (aka Yin Chen Hao). Focus on the Ch and H for this one... And also the LR/GB entry meridians. He says, in addition to its stand in for Chai Hu, it is the "King herb" for what? JAUNDICE!! (Either Heat or Cold) I guess b/c it is BA-Cool and not Cold or Warm. Yin Chen Hao (Herba Artemisiae Capillaris) is #1 Jaundice, #2 Spread LR qi w/o eating up Yin, #3 Damp Heat skin rashes
Summary: What herb from Week 1 and what herb from Week 2: Relieves Lin Syndrome (Stone, Heat, Blood)? Shi Wei from Week 1. Dong Kui Zi from Week 2.
Summary: What herb from Week 1 and what herb from Week 2: Benefits breasts and encourages lactation? Mu Tong from Week 1. Dong Kui Zi from Week 2.
Summary: What herb from Week 1 and what herb from Week 2: Lubes the tubes? Qu Mai (remember: Herba Dianthi!!?) from Week 1. Dong Kui Zi from Week 2.
Transform Damp: 2 of the first 3 Transform Damp herbs are BAW-Aromatic, but 1 is oddly enough Acrid-Warm-Aromatic (no bitter). Which one is it? The white cardamon: Bai Dou Kou aka Fructus Amomi Kravanh. Makes sense, kind of, because cardamon is nearly sweet--and certainly not Bitter.
Transform Damp: He says to combine this (the 1st of our list) with Yi Yi Ren and a little Gui Zi for the 2nd of its two principal functions. What is it? And what is the 1st? Combine with Yi Yi Ren (remember quiz question: "Unblock the channels to remove painful obstruction?") for Wind-DAMP Bi (aka arthritis). He throws in the cinnamon for warming. #1 function of Cang Zhu (Rz. Atractylodis Lancea), though, is STRENGTHEN SPLEEN
This herb "lances" an "arrow"--a BAW-Aromatic arrow--at SP/ST for wake it up. What is this Rhizoma Atractylodia Lancea? Cang Zhu aka Rhizoma Atractylodis Lancea. Strengthens Spleen to Transform Damp. Add Yi Yi Ren (and a little Gui Zi) to it for Wind-Damp (Damp Bi) aka arthritis.
Created by: mrbarr