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Herbs Comps I

(Tom Leoung) Key Secondary Functions of Herbs

QuestionAnswer
Ma Huang (Herba Ephedrae) Warm, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: calms wheezing
Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi) Warm, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: Unblocks the channels
Zi Su Ye (Folium Perillae) Warm, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: Expands the chest (UJ)
Jing Jie (Herba Schizonepetae) Warm, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: Stops bleeding (charred form)
Qiang Huo (Radix et Rhizoma Notopterygii) Warm, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: "Unblocks painful obstruction" (Guides to Tai Yang channel)
Bai Zhi (Radix Angelicae Dahuricae) Warm, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: Expels dampness (vaginal discharge), unblocks nasal passages, (CYQ says "Guides to ST")
Xi Xin (Herba Asari) Warm, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: Warms lungs, clears watery/thin mucus (also warms interior)
Sheng Jiang (Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens) Warm, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: Warms MJ, stops nausea; antidote for seafood poisoning
Xin Yi Hua (Flos Magnoliae) Warm, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: Unblocks nasal passages
Cang Er Zi (Fructus Xanthii) Warm, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: Wind-Dampness; also opens nasal passages
(Gao Ben/Rhizoma Ligustici) Warm, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: Vertex headaches
(Xiang Ru/Herba Moslae) Warm, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: "Summer Ma Huang"
Bo He/Herba Menthae Cool, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: Frees up LR qi
Niu Bang Zi/Fructus Arctii Cool, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: Clears heat toxins (@ THROAT)
Chan Tui/Periostracum Cicadae Cool, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: loss of voice, SORE THROAT, benefit eyes
Sang Ye/Folium Mori Cool, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: LR heat/LU heat
Ju Hua/Flos Chrysanthemi Cool, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: Clears LR heat/LYR; benefits eyes
Man Jing Zi/Fructus Viticis Cool, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: Clears heat from eyes
Dan Dou Chi/Semen Sojae Preparatum Cool, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: Reduce irritability
Ge Gen/Radix Pueriae Cool, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: STIFFNESS AND TIGHTNESS OF UPPER BACK AND NECK; generate fluids
Chai Hu/Radix Bupleuri Cool, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: Spread LR qi, raise Yang qi, lift sunken qi, expel pathogens trapped in Lesser Yang Stage
Sheng Ma/Rhizoma Cimicifugae Cool, Acrid to Release the Exterior plus: Similar to Chai Hu but milder and cooler (sl cold) to can disperse heat and clear heat toxicity as well. (Not sure why he didn't talk about sinking qi or raising clear yang...)
Shi Gao/Fibrosum Gypsum Clears Heat/Drains Fire plus: For LUNG and STOMACH heat in Qi level or Yang brightness stage; Four Bigs!
Zhi Mu/Rz Anemarrhenae Clears Heat/Drains Fire plus: Nourish Yin/fluids
Zhi Zi/Fructus Gardeniae Clears Heat/Drains Fire plus: Cool the blood, clear heat from all SAN JIAOS (by promoting urination); eliminates irritability, drains dampness, relieves toxicity
Dan Zhu Ye aka Zhu Ye/Herba Lopatheri Clears Heat/Drains Fire plus: Clears heat from HEART by promoting urination; eliminates irritability
Tian Hua Fen aka Gua Lou REN/Radix Tricosanthis Clears Heat/Drains Fire plus: Clears heat from the LUNG; generates fluids
Xia Ku Cao/Spica Prunellae Clears Heat/Drains Fire plus: Dissipates phlegm nodules; also "HYPERTENSION"
Jue Ming Zi/Semen Cassiae Clears Heat/Drains Fire plus: Clears heat from LIVER; brightens the eyes; moistens the intestines; HYPERTENSION; may lower serum cholesterol
Lu Gen/Rz Phragmitis Clears Heat/Drains Fire plus: Generates fluids, STOPS VOMITING, promotes urination
Shiu Niu Jiao/Cornu Bubali Clears Heat/Cools the Blood plus: Relieves toxicity, antipyretic. For extreme heat with LOC, purpura, petechia, hemorrhage.
Sheng Di Huang/Rx Rehmanniae Clears Heat/Cools the Blood plus: Nourishes the Yin/generates fluids
Zi Cao/Rx Arnebiae seu Lithospermi Clears Heat/Cools the Blood plus: vents rashes ("fire toxicity sores")
Mu Dan Pi/Cortex Moutan Clears Heat/Cools the Blood plus: Invigorates the blood; Yeoung says "clears Xu fire" ("Cools the blood without leaving stasis")
Xuan Shen/Rx Scrophulariae Clears Heat/Cools the Blood plus: Dissipates nodules/softens hardness, generates fluids/nourishes yin, drains fire
Da Huang/Rx et Rz Rhei Purgative plus: Cools the blood, drains fire, unblocks blood stasis, removes Damp Heat/jaundice, painful urinary dysfunction
Mang Xiao/Natrii Sulfas Purgative plus: softens hardness & moistens dryness
Mang Xiao/Natrii Sulfas DISSOLVE IN STRAINED DECOCTION
Rou Gui/Cortex Cinnamomi DISSOLVE IN STRAINED DECOCTION
E Jiao/Colla Asini Corii Crush and DISSOLVE IN STRAINED DECOCTION
Rou Dou Kou/Semen Myristicae DISSOLVE IN STRAINED DECOCTION (hard to believe...)
Hu Po/Amber DISSOLVE IN STRAINED DECOCTION
Bing Pian/Semen Arecae External use only
Di Long/Pheretima (??) Earth Dragon (bag)
Shi Jue Ming/Concha Haliotidis (abalone shell, extinguish LR wind) Longer cooking time
Bai Fan/Alum External use only
Liu Huang/Sulphur External use only
Xuan Fu Hua/Flos Inulae (Tom says bag, but I think he is confused with Xin Yi (Flos Magnoliae))
Wu Ling Zhi/Excrementum (Faeces) Trogopterori (bag)
Pu Huang/Flos Typhonae (bag)
Gui Ban/Testudinis Plastrum Longer cooking time
Bie Jia/Trionycis Carapax Longer cooking time
Zhen Zhu/Margarita Longer cooking time
Zi Shi Ying/Fluoritum Longer cooking time
Long Gu/Ossis Mastodi Fossilia Longer cooking time
Mu Li/Concha Ostreae Longer cooking time
Ci Shi/Magnetium (iron filings) Longer "cooking" time
Huo Ma Ren/Fructus Cannabis Moist Laxative plus: Tonifies and nourishes deficiency
Yu Li Ren/Semen Pruni Moist Laxative plus: EXCESS CONDITIONS ONLY (unblocks obstruction, promotes urination, reduces edema)
Qing Hao/Herba Artemesiae Annuae Clear Deficiency Heat plus: malaria, yin level heat, Steaming Bone Disorder, summerheat
Di Gu Pi/Cortex Lycii Clear Deficiency Heat plus: LUNG heat (also "primary herb for Steaming Bone Disorder")
Bai Wei/Radix Cynanchi Atrati Clear Deficiency Heat plus: XS and Xu heat; promotes urination
Yin Chai Hu/Radix Stellariae Clear Deficiency Heat plus: "Gan Re" (Xu heat with emaciation, sallow complexion, thin hair, exhaustion of fluids d-t chronic malnutrition)
Hu Huang Lian/Rz Picrorhizae Clear Deficiency Heat plus: "Gan Re"; eliminates Damp Heat (damp heat dysentery, similar to use of Huang Lian)
Huang Qin/Rx Scutellariae Clears Heat/Dries Damp plus: "calms the fetus"
Huang Lian/Rhizoma Coptidis Clears Heat/Dries Damp plus: Clears HEART fire, STOMACH fire, and LI damp heat (dysentery)
Huang Bai/Cortex Phellodendri Clears Heat/Dries Damp plus: Eliminates Xu heat (!!); damp heat vaginal discharge and Painful Urinary Obstruction
Long Dan Cao/Rx Gentiannae Clears Heat/Dries Damp plus: Damp Heat in LR/GB and Lower Jiao
Ku Shen/Rx Sophorae Flavescentis Clears Heat/Dries Damp plus: Damp Heat @ skin (also kills parasites). Other effects similar to Huang Bai and Long Dan Cao. (Clear heat/relieve dysentery effect similar to Huang Lian.)
Qin Pi/Cortex Fraxini Clears Heat/Dries Damp plus: (our book says "Clears Liver Fire to Brighten the Eyes") Yeoung said Hot Bi!
Jin Yin Hua/Flox Lonicera Clears Heat/Relieves Toxicity plus: Wind Heat
Lian Qiao/Flos Forsythiae Clears Heat/Relieves Toxicity plus: Wind Heat and abscesses/nodules
Da Qing Ye/Folium Isatidis Clears Heat/Relieves Toxicity plus: Cools the blood (purpura & petechia)
Ban Lan Gen/Radix Isatidis Clears Heat/Relieves Toxicity plus: Swollen, SORE THROAT (also cools the blood like the isatidis leaf)
Pu Gong Ying/Herba Taraxaci Clears Heat/Relieves Toxicity plus: BREAST ABSCESS
Zi Hua Di Ding/Herba Violae Clears Heat/Relieves Toxicity plus: HOT SORES ("Ding")
Bai Jiang Cao/Herba cum Radice Patriniae Clears Heat/Relieves Toxicity plus: (invigorates blood), INTESTINAL ABSCESS; post-partum Blood Stasis
Chuan Xin Lian/Herba Andrographis Clears Heat/Relieves Toxicity plus: Damp Heat-- stool (dysentery) or urine (painful urinary obstruction)
Bai Hua She She Cao/Herba Hedyotis Diffusae Clears Heat/Relieves Toxicity plus: CANCER (!!) also, clear heat thru urine
Bai Tou Weng/Radix Pulsatillae Clears Heat/Relieves Toxicity plus: Dysentery (and cool blood)
Ma Chi Xian/Herba Portulacae Clears Heat/Relieves Toxicity plus: Dysentery (and cool blood)
Bai Xian Pi/Cortex Dictamni Clears Heat/Relieves Toxicity plus: Damp Heat skin itchiness
*She Gan*/Rhizoma Belamcandae Clears Heat/Relieves Toxicity plus: Phlegm Fire @ LUNG (swollen sore throat)
Tu Fu Ling/Rhizoma Smilacis Glabrae Clears Heat/Relieves Toxicity plus: Damp Heat skin itchiness
Lu Dou/Semen Phaseoli Radiati (Mung bean) Clears Heat/Relieves Toxicity plus: Summerheat
Xi Gua/watermelon Clears Heat/Drains Fire plus: Summerheat
*He Ye*/Folium Nelumbinis (Lotus leaf. Lian Zi is Lotus seed) Clears Heat/Relieves Toxicity plus: Summerheat (also raises & clears Spleen Yang); stops bleeding
Qian Niu Zi/Semen Pharbitidis Harsh Expellant (the least effective of the four)
Da Ji/Radix Euphorbiae Pekinensis (seu Radix Knoxiae) Harsh Expellant (similar to Gan Sui/Radix Kansui but milder effect)
Gan Sui/Radix Kansui Harsh Expellant; "Induces severe, watery diarrhea and promotes urination INCOMPATIBLE WITH GAN CAO (as are most harsh expellants). CONTRAINDICATED IN PREGNANCY (as are all harsh expellants)
Ba Dou/Fructus Crotonis Harsh Expellant: Acrid and HOT! For cold type food stagnation with abdominal distention and pain, fecal impaction. Can also expel phlegm, "benefit the throat," and promote purulent discharge. Don't take with hot beverage. Antag w/ Qian Niu Zi/Pharbitidis
Xin Yi (aka Xin Yi Hua)/Flos Magnoliae (bag)
Lian Zi (aka Tian Lian Zi)/Semen Nelumbinis Tonifies and binds SP (chronic diarrhea). Tonifies KD (leucorrhea, spermatorrhea. Nourishes HT (calms spirit, stops sweat, anxiety, palpitations, insomnia)
Created by: mrbarr