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Mat Med - Astringe

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MaHuangGen - Ephedrae Radix (ephedra root - "hemp yellow root")sweet, neutral / LU - a) Stops sweating: for many kinds of sweating from deficiency, including spontaneous sweating due to qi deficiency, nightsweats due to yin deficiency, and postpartum sweating.
FuXiaoMai - Tritici Fructus Levis (light wheat grain)sweet, slightly salty, cool / HT - a) Inhibits sweating: for many kinds of sweating from deficiency including spontaneous sweating from qi deficiency, and night-sweats from yin deficiency.
WuWeiZi - Schisandrae Fructus (schisandra fruit)sour, sweet, warm / HT + KID + LU - a) Contains the leakage of Lung qi and stops coughs: for chronic cough and wheezing due to Lung deficiency, or patterns of Lung and Kidney deficiency. It inhibits the leakage of Lung qi above, enriches the Kidney yin below, and also stops coughs. It is thus an important and effective herb for treating chronic coughs; b) Tonifies the Kidneys, binds up the essence, and stops diarrhea: for nocturnal emissions, spermatorrhea, vaginal discharge, and urinary frequency due to Kidney deficiency. Also used for daybreak diarrhea associated with Spleen and Kidney deficiency. c) Inhibits sweating and generates fluids: for excessive sweating, especially when accompanied by thirst or a dry throat. With other appropriate herbs, it is variously used for spontaneous sweating, night-sweats, or even wasting and thirsting disorder d) Quiets the spirit while calming and containing the Heart qi: for irritability, palpitations, dream-disturbed sleep, and insomnia due to injury to the blood and yin of the Heart and Kidneys or lack of communication between these two organs. Nowadays commonly used for various types of insomnia.
WuMei - Mume Fructus (mume fruit - "darkened plum")sour, astringent, warm / LI + LIV + LU + SP - a) Inhibits the leakage of Lung qi and stops coughs: for chronic cough due to Lung deficiency; b) Generates fluids and alleviates thirst: for thirst due to heat from deficiency, or qi and yin deficiency. Often used for wasting and thirsting disorder due to heat from deficiency; c) Expels roundworms and deviates pain: for roundworm-induced vomiting and abdominal pain. Also occasionally used for abdominal pain and vomiting not associated with parasites; d) Binds up the Intestines and stops diarrhea: for incessant chronic diarrhea or dysenteric disorders. Also used for blood in the stool. Can be used as a stand-alone herb (charred) for these purposes; e) Stops bleeding: for blood in the stool and excessive uterine bleeding accompanied by blood deficiency symptoms of dryness and thirst, together with a parched mouth. Can be taken as a stand-alone herb, usually in charred form and powdered, for bleeding from the vagina, anus, or urethra; f) Used topically as a plaster to treat corns and warts. After softening in hot water, the growth is removed and the plaster applied to the area and bound with gauze, which is changed every 24 hours.
ShanZhuYu - Corni Fructus (cornus, Asiatic cornelian cherry fruit)sour, sl. warm / KID + LIV - a) Stabilizes the Kidneys and secures the essence: for leakage of fluids due to weak essence with such symptoms as urinary frequency, incontinence, spermatorrhea, and excessive sweating; b) Stops excessive sweating and supports that which has col- lapsed: for excessive sweating, especially in cases of devastated yang and collapsed qi, as in shock. Also used when sweating was mistakenly induced as a treatment; c) Tonifies and augments the Liver and Kidneys: for Liver and Kidney deficiency with such symptoms as light-headedness, dizziness, soreness and weakness of the lower back and knees, or impotence. This herb both tonifies the essence and assists the yang; d) Stabilizes the menses and stops bleeding: for deficiency patterns of excessive uterine bleeding and prolonged menstruation. This has only a weak effect on the bleeding.
LianZi - Nelumbinis Semen (lotus seed)sweet, astringent, neutral/HT + KID + SP - a) Tonifies the Spleen and stops diarrhea: for Spleen deficiency with chronic diarrhea and loss of appetite. This herb both augments and binds, and is thus very useful in treating these disorders; b) Tonifies the Kidneys and stabilizes the essence: for pre-mature ejaculation and spermatorrhea due to unstable, deficient Kidneys. Also used for excessive uterine bleeding and vaginal discharge; c) Nourishes the Heart and calms the spirit: for palpitations with anxiety, irritability associated with deficiency, and insomnia. Especially useful for problems associated with lack of communication between the Kidneys and Heart.
QianShi - Euryales Semen (euryale seeds - aka 'prickly water lily')sweet, astringent, neutral / KID + SP - a) Strengthens the Spleen and stops diarrhea: for chronic diarrhea caused by weakness in the transportative function of the Spleen (internal accumulation of dampness). Especially useful in children; b) Stabilizes the Kidneys and secures the essence: for Kidney qi deficiency with such symptoms as nocturnal emissions, premature ejaculation, spermatorrhea, and urinary frequency or incontinence; c) Expels dampness and stops discharge: for vaginal discharge due to either deficiency or damp-heat.
SangPiaoXiao - Sepiae Endoconcha (mantis - louva-a-deus - egg-case)sweet, salty, neutral / KID + LIV - a) Tonifies the Kidneys, assists the yang, secures the essence, and contains the urine: for Kidney yang deficiency with such symptoms as dribbling urine, urinary frequency, and nocturnal emissions (especially when unaccompanied by dreams). A very important substance for treating enuresis in children. Also used for impotence.
JinYingZi - Rosae Laevigatae Fructus (Cherokee rosehip)sour, astringent, neutral / BL + KID + LI - a) Stabilizes the Kidneys and secures the essence: for spermatorrhea, urinary incontinence, and vaginal discharge due to deficiency and instability of the lower burner; b) Binds up the Intestines and stops diarrhea: for chronic diarrhea and dysenteric disorders.
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