Botanical Name: Auklandiae Radix
Category: Regulate the Qi
Taste: Bitter, Acrid
Channels Entered: Large Intestine, Spleen, San Jiao, Gallbladder
Cautions & Contraindications:
- Use with caution with those with depleted fluids, yin xu, or blazing fire.
Actions & Indications:
- Promotes the movement of qi and stops pain: for SP or ST stagnant qi with such symptoms as lack of appetite, a feeling of food sitting in the ST, along with epigastric or abdominal pain or distention, nausea, and vomiting. Also used for stagnant LV or GB qi with such symptoms as flank pain, distention, or soreness.
- Adjusts and regulates stagnant qi in the intestines: for diarrhea and dysenteric disorders, or for abdominal pain and tenesmus. Because of its slightly astringent property, this herb is commoly used for treating tenesmus.
- Strengthens the SP and prevents stagnation: used with tonifying herbs to ameliorate their side effects. Especially useful when the transformative and transportive functions of the Spleen are weak.