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Herbs that clear deficient Heat
Herbs that clear Heat
Herbs That Clear Heat And Detoxify
Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Damp
Herbs that Cool Blood
Herbs That Dispel Wind Damp
Herbs that Drain Damp
Herbs that Eliminate Parasites
Herbs that Extinguish Wind
Herbs that Invigorate The Blood
Herbs that Open The Gate
Herbs that Regulate Qi
Herbs that Relieve Food Stagnation
Herbs that Stabilize and Bind
Herbs that Stop Bleeding
Herbs that Transform Phlegm and Stop Cough
Herbs that Tranquilize
Herbs that Warm the Interior and Expel Cold
Herbs for Qi Deficiency
Herbs that relieve Cough and Wheezing
Cool Herbs for Hot Phlegm Cough
Herbs for Yang Deficiency
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Introduction To Chinese Herbology
Medicinal Chinese herbs have been used for
centuries to cure diseases and alleviate discomfort due to many different
disorders. The first herbal classic written in china was published in the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) called the Agriculture
Emperors Materia Medica. The first plants discovered and used were usually
for digestive system disorders (i.e. Da Huang
) and slowly as more herbs were discovered the herbs became more useful for
an increasing number of ailments and herbal tonics were created.
Every herb has its own properties which
include its energy, its flavour, its movement and
its related meridians to which it connects too.
The for types of energies are cold, cool, warm and
hot. Usually cold or cool herbs will treat fever, thirst, sore throat and
general heat diseases. Hot or warm herbs will treat cold sensation in the
limbs, cold pain and general cold diseases.
The five flavours or herbs are pungent, sweet,
sour, salty and bitter.
Pungent herbs are generally used to induce perspiration and promote
circulation of both blood and Qi. These herbs are usually used for
superficial disorders. Sweet Herbs have 3 main functions; nourishing
deficiency, harmonizing other herbs or reduce toxicity, relieve pain and
slow the progression of acute diseases. Sour Herbs also have 3 functions;
constrict, obstruct and solidify. These herbs are good to stop
perspiration, stop diarrhea, stop seminal emission and stop leucorrhea.
Salty herbs soften hardness, lubricate intestines and drain downward. These
herbs are used to treat hard stool with constipation or hard swellings as
in diseases like goitre. Bitter herbs induce
bowel movements, reduce fevers and hot sensations,
re direct rebellious Qi, dry dampness and clear heat. They can also nourish
the kidneys and are used to treat damp diseases.
After a herb is absorbed by a patient it can move in 4 different
directions; upward towards the head, downward towards the lower
extremities, inward toward the zang-fu organs or
outward towards the superficial regions of the body. Upward movement herbs
are used for falling symptoms like prolapsed organs. Downward moving herbs
are used to push down up surging symptoms like coughing and vomiting.
Outward moving herbs are used to induce perspiration and treat superficial
symptoms that are moving towards the interior of the body. Inward movement of herbs induce bowel movements and promote
Each herb will have a corresponding meridian or meridians to which it will
correspond to. For example; Jie Geng corresponds to the lungs and can be
used for asthma or cough. Rib pain and sore eyes relate to the liver so as Gou
Teng has an affinity for the liver
meridian it can be used for the treatment of liver diseases.