Lu Hui

Lu Hui

Category: Purgatives

Taste: bitter

Temperature: cold

Channels Entered: Large Intestine, Stomach, Liver

Dosage: 1.5-4.5g; used in pills or capsules, do not decoct

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Contraindicated in those with cold from deficiency of the Spleen and Stomach, and during pregnancy. Use with caution during lactation.

Actions & Indications:

  • Drains fire and guides out accumulation: for constipation, dizziness, red eyes, and irritability due to heat accumulation. Particularly indicated for hot constipation accompanied by exuberant Heart and Liver fire with irritability, restlessness, and insomnia. As a relatively mild herb, it is also used for chronic constipation.
  • Clears heat and cools the Liver: for epigastric discomfort, dizziness, headache, tinnitus, irritability, constipation, and fever due to abundant heat in the Liver channel.
  • Kills parasites and strengthens the Stomach: for childhood nutritional impairment, especially when due to roundworm. Also used for tinea.