Botanical Name: Caryophylli Flos

Ding Xiang

Ding Xiang

English: Clove

Category: Warm the Interior & Expel Cold

Taste: Acrid

Temperature: Warm

Channels Entered: Kidney, Spleen, Stomach

Dosage: 1-3g

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Contraindicated in those with internal heat.
  • Some consider it to be counteracted by Yu Jin.

Actions & Indications:

  • Warms the middle burner and directs rebellious qi downward: for Stomach cold with vomiting, hiccough, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, and for Spleen or Stomach cold from deficiency with lack of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Warms the Kidneys and aids the yang: for impotence or clear vaginal discharge due to yang deficiency of the Kidneys. This type of vaginal discharge is regarded as a manifestation of Womb cold from deficiency and is usually accompanied by weakness in the legs.