Organ Balance Herbs
Herbs That Tonify Heart Qi
Most of these herbs are sweet and warm in nature and are indicated for Heart Qi Deficiency with symptoms of palpitations and shortness of breath. Commonly used herbs include : Ren Shen, Dang Shen, Tai Zi Shen, Huang Qi, Zhi Can Cao
Herbs That Warm Heart Yang
These herbs are pungent and warm or hot in nature. They are indicated for Heart Yang Deficiency, with symptoms for palpitations, clod limbs, sweating with a cold sensation of the body, cyanonsis and a pulse that is feeble, thready and fading, deep and hidden, or knotted, Commonly used herbs include : Fu Zi, Gan Jiang, Gui Zhi
Herbs That Tonify Heart Blood
These herbs are sweet, nourishing and sticky in nature; they may be warm, neutral or cold. They are indicated for deficiency of Heart Blood with symptoms of dizziness and vertigo, palpitations, a pale tongue and a thready pulse. Commonly used herbs includes : Dang Gui, Shu Di, Sheng Di, A Jiao, Long Yan Rou
Herbs That Tonify Heart Yin
Most of these herbs are sweet and cold in nature. They are indicated for Heart Yin Deficiency with symptoms of palpitaions, a red tongue and a thready and rapid pulse. Commonly used herbs include : Sheng Di, Mai Dong, A Jiao, Yu Zhu
Herbs That Clear Heart Fire
These herbs are primarily bitter and cold and secondarily sweet in nature. They are indicated for Heart Fire Blazing with symptoms of restlessness, mouth and tongue ulcers, coma and a red tongue tip: Representative herbs include : Huang Lian, Lian Qiao, Zhi Zi, Niu Huang, Sheng Di, Zhu Ye, Mu Tong, Lian Xin, Dan pi
Substances That Soothe the Heart and Calm the Mind
Substances which strongly settle and calm the Mind are mostly minerals or fossils, while those which calm the Mind by nourishing the Heart are mostly seeds. Both types of medicinal are indicated for restlessness, insomnia, palpitation, irritability, depression, and mania. Commonly used sustances which settle and calm the Mind include : Zhu Sha, Long Gu, Ci Shi, Zhen Zhu, Zhen Zhu Mu, Ho Po, Zhe Shi, Mu li. Herbs that calm the Mind by nourishing the Heart include : Bai Zi Ren, Suan Zao Ren, Ye Jiao Teng, Yuan Zhi, He Huan Pi, Fu Shen
Substances That Open the Orifices
These substances are aromatic, pungent and penetrating in nature. They are indicatied for delirium or coma due to high fever, or sudden collape and syncope in Wind Stroke, convulsion or epilepsy. Commonly used substances include : She Xiang, Bing Pian, Niu Huang, Shi Chang Pu, Su He Xiang, An Xi Xiang, Yu Jin, Yuan Zhi, Chan Su
With the exception of Shi Chang Pu, Yu Jin and Yuan Zi, all these substances are administered in the form of pills or powders for first aid, eg.: Niu Huang Wan, Zhi Bao Dan, Su He Xiang Wan
Herbs That Activate Blood circulation and Resolve Blood Stasis in the vessels
These herbs are pungent or bitter in nature and are indicated for stagnation of Heart Blood with symptoms of cardiac pain, palpitation of oppression of the chest. Common used herbs include : Dan Shen, Chuan Xiong, Gui Zhi, Tao Ren, Hong Hua, Chi Shao, Di Bie Chong, Shui Zhi
Herbs That Tonify Heart Qi and Herbs That Warm Heart Yang
Heart Yang Deficiency is often complicated with Heart Qi Deficiency, and herb that warm Heart Yang thus often used in combination with herbs that tonify Heart Qi. For example, Ren Shen is combined with Fu Zi, and Gui Zhi is combined with treated Zhi Can Cao.
Herbs That Tonify Heart Blood and herbs That Nourish Heart Yin
With the exception of Dang Gui and Long Yang Rou, the herbs that tonify Heart Blood also nourish Heart Yin. Some of herbs that nourish Heart Yin – such as Sheng Di, Shu Di Huang and A Jiao - also tonify Heart Blood. Since deficiency of Heart Blood and Heart Yin often appear concurrently, these categories of herbs are often used in combination.
Herbs That Tonify Heart Qi and Herbs That Nourish Heart Blood and Heart Yin
In patterns of Heart pathology, it is quite common that both Qi and Blood, or Qi and yin, are deficient. Herbs that tonify Heart Qi are thus often used in combination with herbs that nourish Heart Blood or Heart Yin.
Herbs that nourish Heart Yin and clear Heart Fire
Heart Yin Deficiency is likely to lead to Empty Heat in the Heart; on the other hand, febrile disease at the Nutritive(Ying) Level may damage Heart Yin. Herbs that nourish Heart Yin are thus often combined with herbs that clear Heart Fire. For example, A Jiao and Mai Dong are combined with Huang Lian and Lian Qiao.
Herbs that tonify Heart Blood and Yin and Herbs that calm the Mind
When Heart Blood and Yin are deficient, the Heart is not nourished; this leads to restlessness from Deficiency. In this case, herbs that calm the Mind are combined with herbs that tonify Heart Blood and Yin. For example, Bai Zi Ren, Suan Zao Ren, Long Gu and Fu Shen are combined with Dang Gui, Mai Dong, A Jiao.
Herbs that clear Heart Fire, resolve Phlegm and open the orifices
Mental disturbance due to obstruction of the Heart orifices can rise either from Turbid Phlegm or from exterior Heat invading the Pericardium. Since these two conditions may coexist, herbs that clear Heart Heat are ofen combined with herbs that open the orifices. For example, Huang Lian, Lian Qiao and Niu Huang are combined with She Xiang, Bing Pian, Shi Chang Pu and Yu Jin. Similarly, herbs that resolve Phlegm are combined with herbs that open orifices. For example, Yuan Zhi, Zhu Li and Bei Mu, are combined with Shi Chang Fu, Yu Jin and Bing Pian. For restlessness with insomnia due to Heart Fire Blazing with Phlegm-Fire harassing the Heart, herbs that clear Heart Fire are used in combination with herbs that clear Phlegm and herbs that calm the Mind. For example Huang Lian and Zhu Ru are combined with Fu Shen, Bai Zi Ren and Long Gu.
Organ Balance Herbs
Herbs That Stimulate The Dispersing Function of The Lungs
Most of these herbs are pungent and either warm or cool in nature. They are indicated for retention of pathogenic factors in the Lungs with symptoms of cough and wheeze. Represntative herbs include : Ma Huang, Jie Geng, Qian Hu, Xing Ren.
Herbs That Clear Lung Heat
These herbs are often cold and either bitter or sweet in nature. They are indicated for retention of Heat in the Lungs with symptoms of cough, dyspnoea, fever, a yellow tongue coating and a rapid pulse. Commonly used herbs include : Huang Qin, Shi Gao, Zhi Mu, Sang Bai Pi, Di Gu Pi, Yu Xing Cao, Jin Yin Hua, Lian Qiao, Lu Gen.
Herbs That Moisten The Lungs
Most of these herbs are sweet, cold and moistening in nature. They are indicated for dryness of the Lungs and damage to Body Fluids generally. Herbs which are effective in moistening the Lungs and stopping cough include : Bei Mu, Gua Lou, Feng Mi. Other herbs not only moisten the Lungs but also nourish Yin and promoted Body Fluids, and are thus more suitable for dryness of the Lungs complicated with consumption of Body Fluids, These include : A Jiao, Bei Sha Shen, Nan Sha Shen, Mai Dong, Tian Dong
Herbs That Purge The Lungs
These herbs are usually bitter and cold in nature and have a strong therapeutic action. They are indicated for Lung Fire and retention of Water in the Lungs. Representative herbs include : Huang Qin, Ting Li Zi, Sang Bai Pi, Di Gu Pi. Huang Qin is more effective in purging Lung Fire while Ting Li Zi is more effective in purging Water from the Lungs. Sang Bai Pi and Di Gu Pi are applicable in both condition but have a milder action.
Herbs That Stimulate The Descending Function of The Lungs
These herbs are descending in nature and conduct Rebellious Qi downward. They are indicated for cough and dyspnoea due to upward perversion of Lung Qi. Representative herbs include : Hou Po, Chen Xiang, Xin Ren, Xuan Fu Hua, Bai Qian, Su Zi.
Herbs That Warm The Lungs
These herbs are pungent, and warm or hot in nature. They are indicated for retention of Cold in the Lungs and for retention of Cold Damp in the Lungs with symptoms of cough, watery white sputum and a pale tongue with a white coating. Commonly used herbs include : Gan Jiang, Xi Xin, Gui Zhi
Herbs That Resolve Phlegm and Stop Cough and Wheeze
These herbs are either pungent and warm or cool and moist in nature. Herbs that resolve Phlegm and are pungent, warm and dry in nature are indicated for retention of Cold and Phlegm in the Lungs, characterized by profuse white sputum. Commonly used herbs for this type include : Ban Xia, Tian Nan Xing, Bai Jie Zi, Chen Pi. Herbs that cold or cool and moist in nature are indicated for Phlegm Heat characterized by thick yellow sputum. Representative herbs of this type include : Bei Mu, Gua Lou, Zhu Li. Herbs that primarily stop cough and relieve dyspnoea and secondarily resolve Phlegm include : Zi Wan, Kuan Dong Hua, Bai Qian, Qian Hu, Yuan Zhi. Herbs that stop cough and wheeze include : Xing Ren, Bai Bu, Ma Huang, Ting Li Zi, Bei Guo
Herbs That Tonify Lung Qi
These herbs are sweet and warm in nature and are indicated for deficiency of Lung Qi with symptoms of dyspnoea, lassitude and a low and feeble voice. Commonly used herbs include : Ren Shen, Dang Shen, Hunag Qi, Huang Jing, Xi Yang Shen, Bai He.
Herbs That Tonify Lung Yin
There herbs sweet and cold in nature and are indicated for deficiency of Lung Yin with symptoms of malar flush, tidal fever, night sweats, cough and haemoptysis. Commonly used herbs include : Xi Yang Shen, Bei Sha Shen, Nan Sha Shen, Mai Dong, Tian Dong, Yu Zhu, Huang Jing, Bai He.
Herbs That Astringe The Lungs
These herbs are sour and astringent in nature. They are indicated when Lung Qi is scattered and attenuated by Chronic cough and wheeze. Representative herbs include : Wu Wei Zi, Wu Mei, He Zi, Wu Bei Zi, Ying Su Ke.