Fu Ling Pi

Botanical Name: Poriae Cutis Category: Drain Dampness Taste: Sweet, BlandTemperature: NeutralChannels Entered: Lung, Spleen, Heart, KidneyDosage: 15-30g * Outer layer of fungal node. *It is considered to be harmonius and neutral in nature,  able only to promote...

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Chi Fu Ling

Botanical Name: Poria Rubra Category: Drain Dampness Taste: Sweet, Bland Temperature: Neutral Channels: Lung, Heart, Spleen, Kidney Portion of the fungus closer to the outer skin, pinkish in color. Can only drain heat and mobilize water. - Prescribed for such...

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Hua Shi

Botanical Name: Talcum Category: Drain Dampness Taste: Sweet, Bland Temperature: Cold Channels Entered: Stomach, Bladder Dosage: 9-15g Cautions & Contraindications: May increase granulomas in the intestines. There are some purity issues with this herb.  From some...

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Yi Yi Ren

Botanical Name: Coicis Semen Category: Drain Dampness Taste: Sweet, Bland Temperature: Slightly Cold Channels Entered: Lung, Stomach, Spleen, Kidney Dosage: 9-30g Cautions & Contraindications: None Actions & Indications: Facilitates the resolution of dampness...

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Dong Gua Ren

Botanical Name: Benincasae Semen Category: Drain Dampness Taste: SweetTemperature: ColdChannels: Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, Small IntestineDosage: 9-15g Cautions & Contraindications: None Actions & Indications: Clears heat, expels phlegm, and promotes the...

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Mu Tong

Botanical Name: Akebiae Caulis Category: Drain Dampness Taste: Bitter Temperature: Slightly Cold Channels Entered: Heart, Small Intestine, Bladder Dosage: 3-6g Cautions & Contraindications: Caution during pregnancy. Actions & Indications: Promotes urination...

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Deng Xin Cao

Botanical Name: Junci Medulla Category: Drain Dampness Taste: Sweet, BlandTemperature: Slightly ColdChannels Entered: Lung, Heart, Small IntestineDosage: 1.5-4.5g Cautions & Contraindications: None Actions & Indications: Promotes urination and unblocks painful...

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Qu Mai

Botanical Name: Diathi Herba Category: Drain Dampness Taste: Bitter Temperature: Cold Channels Entered: Heart, Small Intestine, Bladder Dosage: 9-15g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated in pregnancy. Actions & Indications: Clears damp-heat, promotes...

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Di Fu Zi

Botanical Name: Kochiae Fructus Category: Drain Dampness Taste: Bitter, SweetTemperature: ColdChannels Entered: Bladder, KidneyDosage: 9-15g Actions & Indications: Clears damp-heat and promotes urination: for painful urinary dribbling due to damp-heat accumulating...

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Bian Xu

Botanical Name: Polygoni Avicularis Herba Category: Drain Dampness Taste: BitterTemperature: Slightly ColdChannels Entered: BladderDosage: 9-15g Cautions & Contraindications: None Actions & Indications: Clears damp-heat from the Bladder, promotes urination,...

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Che Qian Zi

Botanical Name: Plantaginis Semen Category: Drain Dampness Taste: Sweet Temperature: Cold Channels Entered: Lung, Bladder, Kidney, Liver Dosage: 9-15g Cautions & Contraindications: Use with caution during pregnancy. Caution in those with loss of essence due to...

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Bi Xie

Botanical Name: Dioscoreae Hypoglaucae Rhizoma Category: Drain Dampness Taste: Bitter Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Stomach, Bladder, Liver Dosage: 9-15g Cautions & Contraindicaitons: None Actions & Indications: Separates the pure from the turbid: for...

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Zhu Ling

Botanical Name: Polyporus Category: Drain Dampness Taste: Sweet, Bland Temperature: Slightly Cold Channels Entered: Spleen, Bladder, Kidney Dosage: 6-12g Cautions & Contraindications: Do not use in the absence of dampness. Actions & Indications: Promotes...

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Ze Xie

Botanical Name: Alismatis Rhizoma Category: Drain Dampness Taste: Sweet, BlandTemperature: ColdChannels Entered: Bladder, KidneyDosage: 4.5-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Use with caution in those with sunken middle burner qi. Actions & Indications: Promotes...

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Yin Chen Hao

Botanical Name: Artemisiae Scopariae Herba Category: Drain Dampness Taste: BitterTemperature: Slightly ColdChannels: Stomach, Spleen, Gallbladder, LiverDosage: 9-30g Cautions & Contraindications: Careful with high dosages. Actions & Indications: Clears heat,...

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Han Fang Ji

Botanical Name: Stephanie Tetrandae Radix Category: Drain Dampness Taste: Bitter, AcridTemperature: ColdChannels Entered: Spleen, Bladder, KidneyDosage: 4.5-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Its bitter, cold nature readily injures the Stomach.  Use with caution in...

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Gou Teng

Botanical Name: Uncariae Ramulus cum Uncis Category: Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors Taste: SweetTemperature: Slightly ColdChannels Entered: Pericardium, LiverDosage: 6-15g Key Characteristics: Drains Liver heat Settle Liver wind   Actions & Indications:...

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Tian Ma

Botanical Name: Gastrodiae Rhizoma Category: Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors Taste: SweetTemperature: NeutralChannels Entered: LiverDosage: 3-9g Key Characteristics: Calms the Liver with gentle nourishment Extinguishes wind Cautions and Contraindications: None...

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Ling Yang Jiao

Botanical Name: Saigae tataricae Cornu Category: Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors Taste: SaltyTemperature: ColdChannels Entered: Heart, LiverDosage: 1-3g decocted by itself for at least 2 hours or 0.3-0.6g ground into a powder Key Characteristics: Calms the Liver...

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Ci Ji LI

Botanical Name: Tribuli FructusAlternate Name: Bai Ji Li, or Ji Li Category: Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors Taste: Acrid, BitterTemperature: NeutralChannels Entered: LiverDosage: 6-15g Key Characteristics: Expels wind Brightens the eyes Calms ascendant Liver yang...

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Shi Jue Ming

Botanical Name: Haliotidis Concha Category: Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors Taste: SaltyTemperature: ColdChannels Entered: Kidney, LiverDosage: 15-30g Key Characteristics: Cools Liver heat Anchors Liver yang Extinguishes Liver wind Nourishes Liver yin Cautions &...

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Di Long

Botanical Name: Pheretima Category: Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors Taste: SaltyTemperature: ColdChannels Entered: Bladder, Liver, Lung, SpleenDosage: 4.5-15g Key Characteristics: Drains heat Extinguishes wind Stops spasms and convulsions Calms wheezing Unblocks the...

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Bai Jiang Can

Botanical Name: Bombyx batryticatus Category: Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors Taste: Acrid, SaltyTemperature: NeutralChannels Entered: Liver, LungDosage: 3-9g in decoction; 1-1.5g when powdered and swallowed. Key Characteristics: Eliminates wind Drains heat...

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Quan Xie

Botanical Name: Scorpio Category: Extinguish Wind and Stops Tremors Taste: Salty, AcridTemperature: NeutralChannels Entered: LiverDosage: 2-4.5g in decoctions; 0.6-1g when powdered and swallowed. Key Characteristics: Strongly extinguishes Liver wind Stops spasms and...

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Wu Gong

Botanical Name: Scolopendra Category: Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors Taste: AcridTemperature: WarmChannels Entered: LiverDosage: 1-3g in decoctions; 0.6-1g when powdered and swallowed. Key Characteristics: Extinguishes wind Stops spasms, seizures, and convulsions...

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Dai Zhe Shi

Botanical Name: Haematitum Category: Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors Taste: BitterTemperature: ColdChannels Entered: Heart, Liver, PericardiumDosage: 9-30g in decoctions (crushed); 1-3g in pills and powders. Key Characteristics: Relies on its heaviness to suppress...

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Gan Sui

Botanical Name: Kansui Radix Category: Harsh Expellants Taste: bitter, sweetTemperature: coldChannels Entered: Kidney, Large Intestine, LungDosage: 0.5-1.5g Cautions and Contraindications: This substance is toxic and should only be used for ascites or other...

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Qian Niu Zi

Botanical Name: Pharbitidis Semen Category: Harsh Expellants Taste: bitter, acrid, toxicTemperature: ColdChannels Entered: Lung, Large Intestine, Small Intestine, KidneyDosage: 3-6g; crush before decocting Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated during...

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Ba Dou

Botanical Name: Crotonis Fructus Category: Harsh Expellants Taste: Acrid, ToxicChannels Entered: Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach  Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated during pregnancy and in weak patients.  Always use with extreme caution.  Croton oil...

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Chi Shao

Botanical Name: Paeoniae Radix rubra Category: Invigorate the Blood Taste: Sour, BitterTemperature: Slightly ColdChannels Entered: Liver, SpleenDosage: 6-15g Cautions and Contraindications: Use with caution in those with cold from deficiency. Actions and Indications:...

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Chuan Xiong

Botanical Name: Chuanxiong Rhizoma Category: Invigorate the Blood Temperature: WarmTaste: AcridChannels Entered: Liver, Gallbladder, PericardiumDosage: 3-9g; when taken as a powder, 1-1.5g per dose Cautions and Contraindications: Use with caution during pregnancy, or...

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Dan Shen

Botanical Name: Salviae miltiorrhizae Radix Category: Invigorate the Blood Taste: BitterTemperature: Slightly ColdChannels Entered: Heart, Pericardium, LiverDosage: 6-15g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated during pregnancy. Do not use with Li Lu....

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Ji Xue Teng

Botanical Name: Spathlobi Caulis Category: Invigorate the Blood Taste: Bitter, SweetTemperature: WarmChannels Entered: Heart, Liver, SpleenDosage: 9-15g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated in those with profuse menses. Actions & Indications: Promotes...

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Yan Hu Suo

Botanical Name: Corydalis Rhizoma Category: Invigorate the Blood Taste: Acrid, BitterTemperature: WarmChannels Entered: Heart, Liver, Stomach Dosage: 3-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Inappropriate during pregnancy unless warranted by exceptional circumstances....

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Yu Jin

Botanical Name: Curcumae Radix Category: Invigorate the Blood Taste: Acrid, BitterTemperature: ColdChannels Entered: Heart, Lung, LiverDosage: 6-12g Cautions & Contraindications: Use with caution during pregnancy. Actions & Indications: Invigorates the blood...

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Yi Mu Cao

Botanical Name: Leonuri Herba Category: Invigorate the Blood Taste: Acrid, BitterTemperature: Slightly ColdChannels Entered: Heart, Liver, BladderDosage: 9-15g (large doses up to 30g) Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated in those with yin deficiency or...

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Ze Lan

Botanical Name: Lycopi Herba Category: Invigorate the Blood Taste: Bitter, AcridTemperature: Slightly WarmChannels Entered: Liver, SpleenDosage: 9-15g Cautions & Contraindications: Use with cautions in those with blood deficiency or in the absence or blood stasis....

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Tao Ren

Botanical Name: Persicae Semen Category: Invigorate the Blood Taste: Bitter, SweetTemperature: NeutralChannels Entered: Heart, Large Intestine, Liver, LungDosage: 4.5-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated in those with blood deficiency. Contraindicated...

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Hong Hua

Botanical Name: Carthami Flos Category: Invigorate the BloodTaste: AcridTemperature: WarmChannels Entered: Heart, LiverDosage: 3-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated during pregnancy. Contraindicated when there is any problem related to bleeding, such...

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E Zhu

Botanical Name: Curcumae Rhizoma Category: Invigorate the BloodTaste: Acrid, BitterTemperature: WarmChannels Entered: Liver, SpleenDosage: 3-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated during pregnancy or in those with excessive menstruation. Actions &...

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San Leng

Botanical Name: Sparganii Rhizoma Category: Invigorate the BloodTaste: Acrid, BitterTemperature: NeutralChannels Entered: Liver, SpleenDosage: 3-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated during pregnancy or in those with excessive menstruation. Actions...

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Ru Xiang

Botanical Name: Olibanum Category: Invigorate the BloodTaste: Acrid, BitterTemperature: WarmChannel Entered: Heart, Liver, SpleenDosage: 3-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated in the absence of stasis and during pregnancy. Use with caution in those...

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Mo Yao

Botanical Name: Myrrha Category: Invigorate the BloodTaste: BitterTemperature: NeutralChannels Entered: Heart, Liver, SpleenDosage: 3-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated in the absence of stasis, or during pregnancy. Use with caution in those with...

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Niu Xi

Botanical Name: Achyranthis bidentatae Radix Category: Invigorate the Blood Taste: Bitter, Sour Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Liver, Kidney Dosage: 6-15g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated during pregnancy or in those with excessive...

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Chuan Niu Xi

Botanical Name: Cyathulae Radix Chinese Name: ??? Category: Invigorate the Blood Taste: Sweet, Bitter Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Liver, Kidney Dosage: 4.5-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated during pregnancy or in those with excessive...

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Wang Bu Liu Xing

Botanical Name: Vaccariae Semen Category: Invigorate the Blood Taste: Bitter Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Liver, Stomach Dosage: 4.5-15g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated during pregnancy. Actions & Indications: Promotes the movement of...

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Wu Ling Zhi

Botanical Name: Trogopterori Faeces Category: Invigorate the Blood Taste: Bitter, Sweet Temperature: Warm Channels Entered: Liver Dosage: 3-9g. Place in a separate cotton bag before decocting. Cautions & Contraindications: Disperses blood stasis and alleviates...

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Huo Ma Ren

Botanical Name: Cannabis Semen Category: Moist Laxatives English: hemp seed Taste: sweet Temperature: neutral Channels Entered: Large Intestine, Spleen, Stomach Dosage: 9-15g Cautions and Contraindications: Excessive consumption can lead to nausea, vomiting, and...

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Yu Li Ren

Botanical Name: Pruni Semen Category: Moist Laxatives Taste: bitter, sweet, acrid Temperature: neutral Channels Entered: Large Intestine, Spleen, Small Intestine Dosage: 3-9g; crush before decocting Cautions & Contraindications: Use with caution during pregnancy....

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Suan Zao Ren

Botanical Name: Ziziphi spinosae Semen Category: Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit Taste: Sweet, Sour Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Gallbladder, Heart, Liver, Spleen Dosage: 9-15g Key Characteristics: Nourishes the Heart yin and Liver blood Promotes sleep...

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Bai Zi Ren

Botanical Name: Platycladi Semen Category: Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit Taste: Sweet Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Heart, Kidney, Large Intestine Dosage: 3-9g Key Characteristics: Nourishes the Heart blood and yin to calm the spirit Moistens the...

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Yuan Zhi

Botanical Name: Polygalae Radix Category: Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit Taste: Bitter, Acrid Temperature: Slightly Warm Channels Entered: Heart, Lung Dosage: 6-15g Key Characteristics: Transforms phlegm Opens the Heart orifice Reestablishes harmonious...

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He Huan Pi

Botanical Name: lbiziae Cortex Category: Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit Taste: Sweet Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Heart, Liver Dosage: 6-15g Key Characteristics: Relieves constraint Calms the spirit Regulates the qi Invigorates the blood Cautions...

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Ye Jiao Teng

Botanical Name: Polygoni multiflori Caulis Category: Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit Taste: Sweet Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Heart, Liver Dosage: 15-30g Key Characteristics: Nourishes the Heart (yin & blood) Calms the spirit (especially for dream...

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Da Huang

Botanical Name: Rhei Radix et Rhizoma Category: Purgatives Taste: bitter Temperature: cold Channels Entered: heart, large intestine, liver, stomach Dosage: 3-15g internally. For a strong effect, add near the end or boil separately for three minutes and add the...

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Mang Xiao

Botanical Name: Natrii Sulfas Category: Purgatives Taste: bitter, acrid, salty Temperature: very cold Channels: Dosage: 6-18g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated in cases of cold from deficiency of the Spleen and Stomach, and during pregnancy. When used...

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Fang Xie Ye

Botanical Name: Sennae Folium Category: Purgatives Taste: bitter, sweet Temperature: cold Channels Entered: Large Intestine Dosage: 1.5-3g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated in women who are pregnant, breast feeding, or have a history of heavy bleeding....

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Lu Hui

Aloe 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...

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Qing Pi

Botanical Name: Citri Reticulatae Viride Pericarpium Category: Regulate the Qi Taste: Bitter, Acrid Temperature: Warm Channels Entered: Stomach, Gallbladder, Liver Dosage: 3-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Because this herb fiercely consumes the qi, it should be...

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Zhi Shi

Botanical Name: Aurantii Fructus Immaturus Category: Regulate the Qi Taste: Bitter, Acrid Temperature: Slightly Cold Channels Entered: Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen Dosage: 3-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Use with caution during pregnancy and in those with...

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Zhi Ke

Zhi Qiao Botanical Name: Aurantii Fructus Category: Regulate the Qi Taste: Bitter, Acrid Temperature: Slightly Cold Channels Entered: Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen Dosage: 3-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Use with caution during pregnancy. Actions &...

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Xiang Fu

Botanical Name: Cyperi Rhizoma Category: Regulate the Qi Taste: Bitter, Acrid Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: San Jiao, Gallbladder, Liver Dosage: 6-12g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated in those with qi xu and no stagnation, or in those with...

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Wu Yao

Botanical Name: Linderae Radix Category: Regulate the Qi Taste: Acrid Temperature: Warm Channels Entered: Lung, Spleen, Bladder, Kidney Dosage: 3-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Because this herb is acrid, warm, and drying, it can disperse the qi and deplete the...

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Tan Xiang

Botanical Name: Santali Albi Lignum Category: Regulate the Qi Taste: Acrid, Aromatic Temperature: Warm Channels Entered: Lung, Stomach, Spleen Dosage: 2-5g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated when there is fire or significant yin xu.  Actions &...

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Chuan Lian Zi

Botanical Name: Toosendan Fructus Category: Regulate the Qi Taste: Bitter, Toxic Temperature: Cold Channels Entered: Large Intestine, Stomach, Bladder, Liver Dosage: 4.5-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated in those with cold from deficiency of the SP...

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Da Fu Pi

Botanical Name: Arecae Pericarpium Category: Regulate the Qi Taste: Acrid Temperature: Slightly Warm Channels Entered: Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen, Small Intestine Dosage: 4.5-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Use with caution during pregnancy. Allergic...

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Mu Xiang

Botanical Name: Auklandiae Radix Category: Regulate the Qi Taste: Bitter, Acrid Temperature: Warm Channels Entered: Large Intestine, Spleen, San Jiao, Gallbladder Dosage: 3-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Use with caution with those with depleted fluids, yin xu,...

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Chen Xiang

Botanical Name: Aquilariae Lignum Resinatum Category: Regulate the Qi Taste: Bitter, Acrid, Aromatic Temperature: Warm Channels Entered: Stomach, Spleen, Kidney Dosage: 1-1.5g; Add near the end of decoction. Cautions & Contraindications: Use with caution in those...

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Xing Ren

Botanical Name: Armenicae Semen Category: Relieve Coughing and Wheezing English Name: Apricot seed Taste: bitter Temperature: slightly warm Channels Entered: Lung, Large Intestine Dosage:3-9g Cautions and Contraindications: Slightly toxic. Should not be used for...

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Zi Wan

Botanical Name: Asteris Radix Category: Relieve Cough and Wheeze Taste: Bitter, Acrid Temperature: Slightly Warm Channels Entered: Lung Dosage: 5-9g Cautions & Contraindications: None Actions & Indications: Relieves coughs and expels phlegm: an important herb...

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Kuan Dong Hua

Botanical Name: Farfarae Flos Category: Relieve Cough and Wheeze Taste: Acrid Temperature: Warm Channels Entered: Lung Dosage: 4.5-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Use with caution in those with coughing of blood or pus and blood. Actions & Indications:...

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Su Zi

Botanical Name: Perilliae Fructus Category: Relieve Cough and Wheeze Taste: Acrid, Aromatic Temperature: Warm Channels Entered: Lung, Large Intestine Dosage: 3-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated where there is severe diarrhea from qi deficiency....

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Pi Pa Ye

Botanical Name: Eriobotryae Folium Category: Relieve Cough and Wheeze Taste: Bitter Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Lung, Stomach Dosage: 6-15g Cautions & Contraindications: Use with caution for cough or vomiting due to cold. Actions & Indications:...

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Bai Bu

Botanical Name: Stemonae Radix Category: Relieve Cough and Wheeze Taste: Bitter, Sweet Temperature: Slightly Warm Channels Entered: Lung Dosage: 3-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated in those with loose stools from Spleen deficiency. Actions &...

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Sang Bai Pi

Botanical Name: Mori Cortex Category: Relieve Cough and Wheeze Taste: Sweet Temperature: Cold Channels Entered: Lung Dosage: 6-15g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated for cough or wheezing from Lung cold. Actions & Indications: Drains heat from the...

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Shan Zha

Botanical Name: Crataegi Fructus Category: Relieve Food Stagnation Taste: Sour, Sweet Temperature: Slightly Warm Channels Entered: Liver, Spleen, Stomach Dosage: 9-12g Cautions and Contraindications: Use with caution in those with weakness or deficiency of the Spleen...

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Mai Ya

Botanical Name: Hordei Fructus Germinatus Category: Relieve Food Stagnation Taste: Sweet Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Stomach, Spleen, Liver Dosage: 9-15g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated in women during lactation, except in a very low...

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Gu Ya

Botanical Name: Setariae (Oryzae) Fructus Germinatus Category: Relieve Food Stagnation Taste: Sweet Temperature: Warm Channels Entered: Stomach, Spleen Dosage: 9-15g Cautions & Contraindications: None Actions & Indications: Reduces food stagnation and...

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Shen Qu

Botanical Name: Massa Medicata Fermentata Category: Relieve Food Stagnation   Taste: Sweet, Acrid Temperature: Warm Channels Entered: Stomach, Spleen   Dosage: 6-15g     Cautions & Contraindications: None   Actions & Indications:...

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Ji Nei Jin

Botanical Name: Gigeriae Galli Endothelium Corneum Category: Relieve Food Stagnation Taste: Sweet Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Stomach, Spleen, Small Intestine, Bladder Dosage: 3-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Use with caution in those with Spleen...

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Lai Fu Zi

Botanical Name: Raphani Semen Category: Relieve Food Stagnation Taste: Sweet, Acrid Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Lung, Stomach, Spleen Dosage: 4.5-9g Cautions & Contraindications: Inappropriate in the absence of food stagnation, phlegm, or other form of...

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Shan Zhu Yu

Botanical Name: Corni Fructus Category: Stabilize & Bind Taste: Sour Temperature: Slightly Warm Channels Entered: Kidney, Liver Dosage: 6-12g Key Characteristics: Augments the Liver and Kidneys, secures the primal qi, and prevents abandonment. Cautions and...

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Wu Wei Zi

Botanical Name: Schisandrae Fructus Category: Stabilize & Bind Taste: Sour, Sweet Temperature: Warm Channels Entered: Heart, Kidney, Lung Dosage: 3-6g Key Characteristics: Contains leakage of Lung qi, grasps the qi, enriches the Kidneys, stops diarrhea, nourishes...

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Wu Mei

Botanical Name: Mume Fructus Category: Stabilize & Bind Taste: Sour, Astringent Temperature: Warm Channels Entered: Large Intestine, Liver, Lung, Spleen Dosage: 6-12g Key Characteristics: Preserves the Lungs, binds up the Intestine, stops bleeding, generates...

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He Zi

Botanical Name: Chebulae Fructus Category: Stabilize & Bind Taste: Bitter, Sour, Astringent Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Lung, Stomach, Large Intestine Dosage: 3-9g Key Characteristics: Directs the Lung qi downward and transforms phlegm to stop coughs...

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Rou Dou Kou

Botanical Name: Myristicae Semen Category: Stabilize & Bind Taste: Acrid Temperature: Warm Channels Entered: Large Intestine, Spleen, Stomach Dosage: 3-9g Key Characteristics: Warms the Spleen and Stomach, promotes the movement of qi, and binds up the Intestines....

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Chun Pi

Botanical Name: Ailanthi Cortex Category: Stabilize & Bind Taste: Bitter, Astringent Temperature: Cold Channels Entered: Large Intestine, Stomach Dosage: 6-9g Key Characteristics: Dries dampness, cools heat, binds the Intestines, stops bleeding, and kills...

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Chi Shi Zhi

Botanical Name: Halloysitum rubrum Category: Stabilize & Bind Taste: Sweet, Sour, Astringent Temperature: Warm Channels Entered: Spleen, Stomach, Large Intestine Dosage: 9-18g Key Characteristics: Binds to stop chronic diarrhea and uterine bleeding, generates...

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Lian Zi

Botanical Name: Nelumbinis Semen Category: Stabilize & Bind Taste: Sweet, Astringent Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Heart, Kidney, Spleen Dosage: 6-15g Key Characteristics: Tonifies and stabilizes the Spleen, Heart, and Kidneys; calms the spirit. Cautions...

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Lian Xu

Botanical Name: Nelumbinis Stamen Category: Stabilize & Bind Taste: Sweet, Astringent Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Heart, Kidney, Liver Dosage: 3-9g Key Characteristics: More strongly astringent than lotus seeds, but otherwise similar in action. Cautions...

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Qian Shi

Botanical Name: Euryales Semen Category: Stabilize & Bind Taste: Sweet, Astringent Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Kidneys, Spleen Dosage: 9-15g Key Characteristics: Tonifies and restrains the Spleen and Kidneys, and eliminates dampness. Cautions &...

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Jin Ying Zi

Botanical Name: Rosae laevigatae Fructus Category: Stabilize & Bind Taste: Sour, Astringent Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Bladder, Kidney, Large Intestine Dosage: 6-12g in decoctions; if used alone, up to 30g Key Characteristics: Binds the lower burner in...

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Fu Pen Zi

Botanical Name: Rubi Fructus Category: Stabilize & Bind Taste: Sweet, Astringent Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Kidney, Liver Dosage: 6-12g Key Characteristics: Augments the true yin of the Kidneys, contains the urine, and secures the essence. Cautions...

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Fu Xiao Mai

Botanical Name: Tritici Fructus levis Category: Stabilize & Bind Taste: Sweet, Slightly Salty Temperature: Cool Channels Entered: Heart Dosage: 15-30g Cautions & Contraindications: Contraindicated when sweating is caused by a pathogen in the exterior. Actions...

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Hai Piao Xiao

Botanical Name: Sepiae Endoconcha Category: Stabilize & Bind Taste: Salty, Astringent Temperature: Slightly Warm Channels Entered: Kidney, Liver, Stomach Dosage: 6-12g Cautions & Contraindications: Extended use may lead to constipation. According to some...

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Bai Guo

Botanical Name: Ginkgo Semen Category: Stabilize & Bind Taste: Sweet, Bitter, Astringent, Slightly Toxic Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Kidney, Lung Dosage: 4.5-9g Key Characteristics: Treats phlegm-heat cough and wheezing, and eliminates turbid damp...

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San Qi

Botanical Name: Notoginseng Radix Alternate Name: Tian Qi Category: Stop Bleeding Taste: Wweet, slightly Bitter Temperature: Warm Channels Entered: Liver, Stomach Dosage: 3-9g in decoctions; 1-1.5g in pills and powders up to three times a day. Key...

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Pu Huang

Botanical Name: Typhae Pollen English: Cattail Pollen Category: Stop Bleeding Taste: Sweet, Acrid Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Spleen, Heart, Liver Dosage: 3-9g Key Characteristics: Stops bleeding, removes blood stasis, and promotes urination. Cautions &...

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Xian He Cao

Botanical Name: Agrimoniae Herba Category: Stop Bleeding Taste: Astringent, Bitter Temperature: Neutral Channels Entered: Lung, Spleen, Liver Dosage: 6-12g Key Characteristics: Binds and inhibits bleeding (internal & external) Restrains diarrhea Kills Parasites...

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Bai Ji

Botanical Name: Bletillae Rhizoma Category: Stop Bleeding Taste: Bitter, Sweet Temperature: Cool Channels Entered: Lung, Stomach, Liver Dosage: 3-15g Key Characteristics: Restrains to stop bleeding (from Lung & Stomach) Reduces swelling Generates flesh (of Lung...

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