Botanical Name: Evodiae Fructus
Category: Warm the Interior & Expel Cold
Taste: Acrid, Bitter
Channels Entered: Liver, Spleen, Stomach
Cautions & Contraindications:
- Because this is extremely drying and can consume the qi and perturb fire, it should not be used long term.
- Contraindicated when yin deficiency leads to heat signs.
Actions & Indications:
- Warms the middle, disperses cold, promotes the movement of qi, and alleviates pain: for both Liver and Stomach channel disorders due to congealing cold or phlegm manifesting as headache, epigastric pain with nausea, drooling, reduced taste sensation, pale tongue, and a wiry or weak pulse. Also for cold bulging disorders in the area traversed by the Liver channel, and dysmenorrhea.
- Redirects rebellious qi downward and stops vomiting: for acid regurgitation with vomiting. Depending on the other herbs with which it is combined, it can be used for either cold or hot disorders.
- Warms the Spleen, stops diarrhea, and expels cold-dampness: for diarrhea due to cold from deficiency of the Spleen and Kidneys, and cold-damp leg qi.
- Leads fire downward: for sores of the mouth and tongue. For this purpose the herb is ground into a powder, mixed with vinegar, and placed on the center of the soles of the feet.