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Mat Med - Promoting Digestion and Killing Parasites and Opening Orifices

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ShanZha - Crataegi Fructus (hawthorn fruit)sour, sweet, sl. warm / LIV + SP + ST - a) Reduces food stagnation and transforms accumulation: for accumulation due to meat or greasy foods with abdominal distention, pain, or diarrhea; b) Transforms blood stasis and dissipates clumps: for post- partum abdominal pain and cIumps due to bIood stasis. Also for bulging disorders; c) Stops diarrhea: the partially charred herb is used for the diarrhea of chronic dysentery-like disorders; d) Also recently used for hypertension, coronary artery dis- ease, and elevated serum cholesterol.
JiNeiJin - Gigeriae galli Endothelium corneum (gizzard (moela) lining (revestimento) - "chicken inner gold")sweet, neutral / BL + SI + SP + ST - a) Strongly reduces food stagnation and improves the Spleen's transportive function: for various types of food stagnation. Used alone for mild cases, used dry-fried and powdered. Also important in the treatment of childhood nutritional impairment; b) Secures the essence and stops enuresis: for bed-wetting, urinary frequency, and urination at night; c) Transforms hardness and dissolves stones: for stones in either the urinary or biliary tract.
ShenQu - Massa medicata fermentata (medicated leaven - "spirit's leaven")sweet, pungent, warm / SP + ST - a) Reduces food stagnation and harmonizes the Stomach: for Stomach cold with food stagnation or accumulation, with such symptoms as epigastric and abdominal fullness or distention, lack of appetite, borborygmus,and diarrhea; b) Also added to pills that contain minerals to aid in their digestion and absorption, as in ci2 zhu1 wan2 (Magnetite and Cinnabar Pill)
MaiYa - Hordei Fructus germinatus (barley sprouts, malt)sweet, neutral / LIV + SP + ST - a) Reduces food stagnation and strengthens the Stomach: for poor digestion due to stagnation and accumulation of undigested starchy foods, as well as poorly digested milk in infants. Also for weak digestion and loss of appetite in cases of Spleen deficiency. This strengthening function is rather weak; b) Restrains lactation: for women who are discontinuing nursing, or for distended and painful breasts; c) Facilitates the smooth flow of Liver qi: for constrained Liver qi manifesting as a stifling sensation and distention in the epigastrium or ribs, belching, and loss of appetite. It is a supplementary herb for these functions.
LaiFuZi - Raphani Semen (radish seed)pungent, sweet, neutral / LU + SP + ST - a) Reduces food stagnation and eliminates distention: for food stagnation accumulating in the middle burner with fullness and distention, belching with a rotten smell, acid regurgitation, or abdominal pain with diarrhea; b) Causes qi to descend and reduces phlegm: for chronic pro- ductive cough or wheezing. Most effective in cases due to excess. c) Recently used for hypertension, as in san1 zi3 yang3 qin1 tang1 (Three-Seed Decoction to Nourish One's Parents)
ShiJunZi - Quisqualis Fructus (Rangoon creeper fruit with seed - "respected envoy seed")sweet, warm / SP + ST - a) Kills parasites: especial for killing roundworms and pin-worms. Can be used by itself for mild cases; b) Strengthens the Spleen and dissolves accumulations: for childhood nutritional impairment and for abdominal distention, poor appetite, or weak constitution. Its sweetness makes it especially useful for children.
BinLang - Arecae Semen (betel nut)pungent, bitter, warm / LI + ST - a) Kills parasites: While best for treating tapeworms, it is also useful in killing a wide variety of intestinal parasites including fasciolopsis, pinworms, and roundworms, as well as blood flukes. The ability of the herb to drain downward helps in expelling the bodies of the parasites; b) Promotes the movement of qi, reduces accumulation, and leads stagnation out by mildly draining downward and unblocking the bowels: for food accumulation and stagnant qi with abdominal distention, constipation, or tenesmus; c) Promotes the movement of qi and promotes urination: for damp leg qi and edema due to excess; d) Also used for malarial disorders.
BingPian - ice slice"crystal", used when convulsion from wind and for LOC. Also for sore throat d/t inflammation. It's pungent. Opens orifices, awakens spirit, clears heat, clears eyes, alleviates pain, dissipates nodules - pungent, bitter, mildly cold / HT + LU + SP - a) Opens the orifices, awakens the spirit, and unblocks closed disorders: for impaired consciousness, various types of fainting and convulsions; b) Clears heat, drains fire, resolves toxicity, clears the eyes, removes superficial visual obstructions, and stops pain: for heat leading to such problems as headache, red and swol- len eyes, superficial visual obstructions, and sores in the mouth; c) Clears heat, alleviates pain, dissipates nodules, and alleviates itching: applied topically for pain and swelling of the throat, skin diseases such as sores and scabies, and eye diseases such as photophobia or excessive tearing. Commonly used in topically-applied powders to regenerate flesh;
ShiChangPu - "flourishing reeds"ascending herb, less aromatic, much weaker, not expensive. Used in chronic conditions. Opens HT-orifice d/t turbid phlegm, also soothes LIV, dislodges phlegm, calms spirit, awakens SP, promotes blood flow, reduces swelling. pungent, bitter, warm, aromatic / HT + ST - a) Opens the orifices, dislodges phlegm, removes filth, and quiets the spirit: for phlegm-dampness veiling and blocking the sensory orifices with such symptoms as deafness, dizziness, forgetfulness, a dulled sensorium, as well as seizures or stupor; b) Transforms turbid dampness, awakens the Spleen, and promotes movement of qi: for such symptoms as chest and epigastric fullness and abdominal distention and pain due to dampness and turbidity obstructing the middle burner; c) Promotes blood flow and reduces swelling:used both internally and topically for wind-cold-damp painful obstruction, trauma, and sores;
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