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14 Cards in this Set

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Channels: HT, KI, LIV

Properties: Sweet, Astringent, Neutral

* Settles & Calms the Spirit: restlessness, insomnia, palps, agitated heart & spirit (seizures & mania-withdrawal)

~ Calms the Liver & anchors & preserves the floating Yang: Liver Yin Xu with Deficient Yang transgressing upward (irritability, restlessness, dizziness, vertigo, blurred vision, & bad temper)

- Prevents leakage of fluids: loss of fluids from deficiency (spermatorrhea, night sweats, spontaneous sweats, nocturnal emissions, vaginal discharge, uterine bleeding)

- Topical use for chronic, nonhealing sores & ulcerations (calcined & powdered)

- damp-heat
- externally contracted shi disorders

Dosage: up to 30g
- add first
- raw to settle spirit
- calcined to astringe
Long Gu
"Dragon Bone"
Fossilized Mammal Bones
Os Draconis
Channels: LIV, KI

Properties: Salty, Astringent, Cool

* Settles & Anchors the spirit: palps with anxiety, restlessness, & insomnia

!* Benefits the Yin & Anchors the floating yang: irritability, insomnia, dizziness, headache, tinnitus, blurred vision, bad temper, or a red, flushed face due to yin xu with ascendant yang.

!- Softens hardness & dissipates nodules: scrofula or goiter

- Prevents leakage of fluids: stops sweating of all sorts (night sweats, spontaneous sweats), spermatorrhea

- Absorbs acidity & alleviates pain: calcined form for excessive Stomach pain with sour taste in mouth
Mu Li
Oyster Shell
Concha Ostreae
Channels: KI, LIV

Properties: Spicy, Salty, Cold

* Anchors & calms the spirit: restlessness with palps, insomnia, or tremors, especially in patients with yin xu & ascendant yang

!* Nourishes the Kidneys, augments the Liver, & improves hearing & vision:

!- Aids the Kidneys in grasping the qi: chronic asthma from Kidney failure to grasp qi

C&C: weak spleen or stomach

Dosage: up to 30g
- add first
Ci Shi
"Magnetic Stone"
Channels: HT, LIV

Properties: Sweet, Salty, Cold

!* Sedates the Heart & settles tremors & palps: palps, childhood convulsions, & seizures. Also disharmony of the Heart & spirit wherein the patient is easily frightened or angered

~ Clears the Liver & eliminates superficial visula obstructions: blurred vision from pterygium or other superficial disorders of the eyes (often used topically as powder)

~ Promotes healing & generates flesh: used topically as a powder for chronic, nonhealing ulcers (topical use)

C&C: none

Dosage: 0.3 - 0.9g
- used in eye drops for topical application
Zhen Zhu
Channels: HT, LIV

Properties: Sweet, Warm

* Sedates the Heart & settles tremors & palpitations: disorientation, insomnia, palps with anxiety, convulsions from Heart blood xu or ascendant Liver Yang

!~ Warms the Lungs & directs the qi downward: cough or wheezing from deficient cold of lungs. Wheezing with copious sputum

!~ Warms the womb: uterine bleeding, infertility from deficient, cold womb

C&C: fire from yin xu

Dosage: up to 15g
- add first
Zi Shi Ying
"Purple Stone Radiance"
Channels: BL, HT, LIV

Properties: Sweet, Neutral

* Arrests tremors & palps & calms the spirit: palps with anxiety, excessive dreams, insomnia, forgetfulness, anxiety, & seizures from disturbances of the spirit. Also childhood convulsions & seizures

!* Invigorates the blood & dissipates stasis: amenorrhea or pain associated with palpable immobile masses from blood stasis. Recently used for Coronary Heart Disease

!* Promotes urination & invigorates the blood: urinary retention or Lin syndromes especially bloody lin

- Reduces swelling & promotes healing: for sores carbuncles, & ulcerations of the skin. Also swelling & pain of the scrotum or vulvular area

C&C: yin xu with heat signs

Dosage: 0.9 - 3g
- powder or pill - not decoction
- topical use
Hu Po
Channels: HT, LIV, PER

Properties: Bitter, Cold

* Calms the Liver, anchors the floating yang, & clears Liver Fire: ascendant Liver Yang (dizziness, vertigo, headache, sensation of pressure around eyes, tinnitus)

!* Strongly directs rebellious qi downwards: belching vomiting, hiccough, acute wheezing

!- Cools the blood & stops bleeding: vomiting blood * nose bleeds. Primary use for hot blood bleeding, but can be used for cold induced bleeding when combined with other herbs

C&C: pregnancy (bitter & cold)

Dosage: up to 30g
- add first
Dai Zhe Shi
"Red Stone from Dai Country"
Channels: HT, LIV

Properties: Spicy, Cool

* Calms the Liver & Sedates the spirit: withdrawal-mania, delirium from a febrile disease, palps, insomnia, being easily startled or prone to anger

C&C: spleen xu

Dosage: up to 30g
- decoct first (1-1.5 hours)
Sheng Tie Luo
"Raw Iron Leavings"
Iron Filings
Frusta Ferri
Channels: GB, HT, LIV, SP

Properties: Sweet, Sour, Neutral

* Nourishes the Heart yin, augments the Liver blood, & quiets the spirit: irritability, insomnia, & palps with anxiety from either blood xu (innability to nourish heart) or yin xu (upward -rising fire)

- Prevents abnormal sweating: bothy spontaneous sweating & night sweating (sour taste)

C&C: severe diarrhea, heat excess without sweat

Dosage: up to 30g
- crush before decocting
- also take as powder before bed (up to 3g)
Suan Zao Ren
"Sour Date Seed"
Sour Jujube Seed, Zizyphus
Semen Zizyphi Spinosae
Channels: HT, KI, LI, SP

Properties: Sweet, Neutral

* Nourishes the Heart & Calms the spirit: irritability, forgetfulness, & palps with anxiety from Heart Blood xu

!- Moistens the Intestines & unblocks the bowels: constipation in the elderly, debilitated, & post partum women from blood or yin xu

- Night sweats from yin xu

C&C: loose stools or phlegm disorders

Dosage: up to 18g (maybe 30g)
Bai Zi Ren
Arbor Vitae Seed, Biota Seed
Semen Biotae Orientalis
Channels: HT, LU, LIV

Properties: Bitter, Spicy, Slightly Warm

* Calms the spirit & quiets the Heart: insomnia, palps with anxiety, restlessness, & disorientation. best for excessive brooding or constrained, pent-up emotions

* Expels phlegm & clears the orifices: used when phlegm envelopes the orifices of the Heart with suchminifestations as emotional & mental disorientation or seizures.

~ Expels phlegm from the Lungs: (warm type)

- Reduces abcesses & dissipates swellings: boils, abcesses, swollen & painful breasts. Used in powdered form & applied topically or taken with wine.

C&C: gastritis or ulcers

Dosage: up to 9g
Yuan Zhi
"Profound Will"
Chinese Senega Root
Radix Polygalae Tenuifoliae
Channels: HT, LIV

Properties: Sweet, Neutral

* Calms the spirit & relieves contraint: for bad temper, depression, insomnia, irritability, & poor memory due to contrained emotions

- Invigorates the blood, alleviates pain, & dissipates swellings: for pain & swelling due to trauma as well as abcesses or similar swellings. (skin problems)

C&C: None Noted

Dosage: up to 15g
He Huan Pi
"Collective Happiness Bark"
Mimosa Tree Bark
Cortex Albizziae Julibrissinis
Channels: HT, LIV

Properties: Sweet, Neutral

* promotes free flowing of contrained liver qi

- invigorates blood & calms the spirit: insomnia, poor memory, & irritability from constrained emotions, especially when accompanied by epigastric pain & feeling of pressure in the chest

C&C: None

Dosage: 10g
- Add near end
He Huan Hua
Mimosa Tree Flower
Flos Albizziae Julibrissinis
Channels: HT, LIV

Properties: Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Neutral

* Nourishes the Heart & blood & calms the spirit: yin or blood xu patterns with insomnia & irritability. Especially useful for dream-disturbed sleep

- Nourishes the blood & unblocks the channels: for generalized weakness, soreness, pain, & numbness due to blood xu

- Alleviates isthing: external wash for itching & skin rashes

C&C: None Noted

Dosage: up to 30g
Ye Jiao Teng
"Vine to Pass Though the Night"
Fleeceflower Vine, Polygonum Vine
Polygoni Multiflori Caulis