Liver Sedative Herbs: Hangover Cure?

These drugs have specific affinity for the liver and function to "calm ascending liver-yang" and all its attendant nervous symptoms. Many serious nervous ailments are directly related to liver dysfunction. "Stop the wind" means...

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...

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...

Warming Herbs

Herbs which warm the interior and dispel cold to correct symptoms of "internal-cold" ailments are called "warming" drugs. Their nature tends towards the warm and hot type. The Internal Book of Huang-Di states, "If...

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...

Diuretic Herbs: Herbs for Urine Infection

Herbs primary pharmacodynamic effects of which are to eliminate excess water from the system by converting it to urine and facilitating its passage through the bladder and ureter are called "diuretics." These drugs all...

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...

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...

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...