Blood Tonics

Blood tonics are used to "nourish the blood" in diseases caused by blood deficiency. Common symptoms of "empty" blood ailments are a sallow complexion, pale lips, colorless fingernails, dizziness, ringing in the ears, heart...

Digestive and Stomachic Herbs

Stomachics and digestives are those herbs which tonify the stomach and spleen, promote digestion, facilitate distribution, and accelerate, movement of accumulated excess food in the stomach. Digestive ailments requiring treatment with these medications are...

Astringent Tonics

Medicines which contract and tighten tissues to impede uncontrolled seepage of fluids are called "astringent". They are employed in ailments of fluid loss with such symptoms as profuse sweating, nocturnal sweats, chronic diarrhea and...

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...

Antirheumatic Herbs

Herbs which expel "evil" wind-and-damp-excess from the body and thereby relieve painful symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis in joints, sinews, muscles, bones and meridians belong in the "antirheumatic" group. Their primary pharmaco-dynamic effects are...

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...

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....

Resuscitative and Rejuvenating Herbs

Resuscitative herbs are those which restore consciousness and revive the spirit. They are used in fainting spells, children's convulsions, epilepsy, strokes and other instances of sudden unconsciousness. Unconsciousness due to heat excess is indicated by...

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...

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...