Antipyretic, Refrigerant, Fever Reducing Herbs

Antipyretics and refrigerants are those drugs which "clear up internal heat." They are used against all ailments and symptoms caused by excess internal heat: dysentery ulcers, abscesses, carbuncles, sore and swollen eyes, hot throat...

Diaphoretic Herbs

Diaphoretic herbs are those which induce or increase perspiration in order to release "evil-qi" in cases of external ailments, such as exposure to excess wind, rain, or heat. The Internal Book of Huang Di...

Chinese Tonics – Legend of Horny Goat Weed

Once there was a goat-herd in ancient China who noticed that several of his billy-goats were especially randy, often mounting their mates many times in a brief span of time. Curious about, and perhaps...

Herbs to Boost Energy: Tonics

Herbs which restore strength and tonify weakened tissues when the body is " empty" —deficient —are called "tonic" They are used to repair damage caused by "empty" ailments. Clinically tonics are used for two...

Yin Tonics

Yin tonics are applied in "yin-empty" ailments. They nourish kidney-yin, lung-yin, stomach-yin, and liver-yin and are used against ailments of deficiency ("empty") in those organs. Major symptoms of such ailments are as follows: Lung-yin...

Chinese Medicine – Causes of Disease – Excesses and Emotions

Modern Western medical science attempts to isolate purely physical factors as the cause of all diseases. Germs and bugs, bacteria and viruses, chemical compounds, and other tangible factors are blamed for virtually every illness....

Vital Organs of Chinese Medicine

The functioning relationships among the vital organs are key factors in the Chinese approach to the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Their predictable interactions, based on yin-yang and the Five Elements, permit the experienced...

Sedative Herbs

Drugs which calm the nerves, relax the body and quieten the spirit are called "sedatives." They are of two types: one type is derived from heavy minerals and shellfish and is used in cases...

Anthelmintic Herbs and Tonics

Drugs which kill and expel worms are called "anthelmintic". Worms enter the body through the skin or as ova in contaminated foods. Some can only be detected by examining the faeces for ova. Other...

Purgative, Cathartic and Laxative Herbs

All herbs which induce evacuation of the bowels fall into this category. The strong, fast-acting drugs which purge drastically are called purgative; medium-strength herbs are called cathartic; and mild, gentle drugs which act mainly...