Aromatic Dehydrator and Moisture Transforming Herbs

Drugs which are aromatic and tend to drive out or convert excess moisture in the body fall under this category. The spleen is the organ most sensitive to damp excess, which impedes its digestive and distributive functions. Therefore, these herbs are also called “spleen restoratives.”
They are employed against sluggish stagnation of blood and energy, impeded spleen function and other damp excess ailments. Common symptoms of such ailments are oppressive sensations in the chest, vomiting bile, loose bowels, lack of appetite, fatigue, a sweet taste in the mouth, profuse saliva, or white and slippery tongue fur. Injuries of “damp heat” and “damp summer heat,” such as excess phlegm in the respiratory tract, are also remedied with these herbs.
Most of the drugs in this category are “pungent” and “warm” in nature. They are all aromatics which tend to dehydrate the system and thus have adverse effects on yin-energy and fluid balance. Patients with yin-deficiency, fluid-deficiency or qi-deficiency should use them with caution.

Six Excesses and Seven Emotions That Cause Disease

HYSSOP

      AGASTACHE RUGOSA

Natural distribution: China, Japan, Vietnam, Laos

Parts used: Leaves and stems

Nature: Pungent and sweet; slightly warm

Affinity: Spleen, stomach, lungs

Effects: Drying, stomachic; carminative; diaphoretic

Indications: Damp excess in stomach and spleen: oppression in chest, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea; sluggishness and oppression due to “damp summer heat” excess; external injuries of “wind-cold

Dosage: 5-7 g

Remarks: A highly effective preventive for heat stroke and summer colds.

EUPATORIUM FORTUNEI

EUPATORIUM FORTUNEI

Natural distribution: China, Japan

Parts used: Stems and leaves

Nature: Pungent; neutral

Affinity: Spleen, stomach

Effects: Drying; stomachic; anti-pyretic; diaphoretic

Indications: Ailments of damp excess in spleen and stomach: dyspepsia, oppression in chest, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, pressure and pain in abdomen; summer chills

Dosage: 3-10 g

Remarks: A highly effective preventive remedy for heat stroke and summer colds when mixed with Agastache rugosa.

 

THISTLE TYPE

    ATRACTYIDDES CHINENSIS

Natural distribution: China, Japan, Korea

Parts used: Roots

Nature: Bitter; warm

Affinity: Spleen, stomach

Effects: Drying; stomachic; eliminates “wind-damp” symptoms

Indications: Ailments of damp excess in spleen and stomach: diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, oppression in chest and abdomen, leukorrhoea, gastronenteritis; “damp-heat” injuries: aching joints and muscles, swelling and pain in feet and legs, weakness and sluggishness

Dosage: 5-10 g

Remarks: Effective remedy for night blindness

 

MAGNOLIA

      MAGNOLIA OFFICINALIS

Natural distribution: Central China

Parts used: Bark

Nature: Bitter and pungent: warm

Affinity: Spleen, stomach, lungs, large intestine

Effects: Drying; digestive; anti-emetic

Indications: Ailments of damp excess in spleen and stomach: abdominal pressure and pain, oppression in chest, excess phlegm in respiratory tract, shortness of breath

Dosage: 6-10 g

Remarks: Especially effective in relieving pressure, fullness and oppression in abdominal region.

GRAINS-OF-PARADISE

       AMOMUM XANTHIOIDES

Natural distribution: Southern China, Indochina

Parts used: Seeds

Nature: Pungent; warm

Affinity: Spleen, stomach, kidneys

Effects: Drying; stomachic; digestive; carminative; decongestant; sedative to restless fetus

Indications: Damp excess in spleen and stomach: oppression in chest and abdomen, diarrhea, dyspepsia; nausea and vomiting during pregnancy; restless fetus

Dosage: 2-4 g

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