Blood Regulator Herbs: Tonics

Tonics which facilitate blood circulation, dissolve clots and keep the blood vessels soft and supple are called "blood regulators." This category also includes hemostatic herbs which stop or prevent internal and external hemorrhage. They...

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...

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...

Vital Connections of Organs in Chinese Medicine

Since the Chinese emphasis the functional relationships rather than the physical anatomy of the vital organs, the means by which they influence each other is of prime importance. That the circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous...

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...

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...

Diagnosis According to Chinese Medicine

Chinese diagnosis involves the reading of basic physical indicators of health and disease such as complexion, eyes, color and texture of tongue and tongue fur, the patient's personal habits, pulse, and so forth. To...

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...

Antitussive and Expectorant Herbs

Medicines which facilitate the bringing up or the transformation of phlegm from the respiratory tract are called "expectorant." Those which control coughing and soothe the throat are called "antitussive." Expectorants generally have antitussive action...

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...