Category: Warm, Acrid herbs that Release the ExteriorTaste: Acrid Temperature: Slightly Warm
Channels Entered: Lung, Liver
Cautions & Contraindications:
- Contraindicated with deficiency of the exterior, fully erupted measles or open sores, or an absence of pathogenic wind.
Actions & Indications:
- Releases the exterior and dispels wind: for exterior patterns of either wind-cold or wind-heat (depending on the herbs with which it is combined). Also for carbuncles or boils when they first erupt, especially when accompanied by chills and fever.
- Vents rashes and alleviates itching: for the initial stage of measles and pruritic skin eruptions.
- Stops bleeding: as an auxiliary herb for hemorrhage, e.g. blood in the stool or uterine bleeding. Best used charred for this action, as in Huai Hua San.
- Fang Feng, Qiang Huo: external wind-cold with neck stiffness and occipital headache.
- Dang Gui: blood deficiency allowing wind to invade the skin and muscle layers causing rashes.
- Huai Hua San
- This herb is mild in action, is gentle to the yin, and is not drying.
- Can treat spasms due to internally generated Liver wind.
- It is recommended that fish, crab, goose, and duck are avoided while taking this herb as it may increase itching.
- Skin problems caused by wind in the exterior include raised red rashes, dermatitis, and measles. Can be used powdered topically for this purpose.