|Long Dan Cao (Gentiana) – Used in TCM to drain damp-|
heat from the Liver and Gall Bladder channels; often seen as
red swollen sore throat and eyes, swollen and painful ears or
sudden deafness, jaundice, pain, swelling or dampness in the
genital area, or foul-smelling vaginal discharge and itching;
fever, spasms, convulsions, or fank pain.
Chai Hu (Bupleurum) – Used in TCM to resolve lesser yang
disorders and reduce fever. Spreads Liver Qi and relieves
constraint with such symptoms as dizziness, vertigo, chest
and fank pain, emotional instability, or menstrual problems.
Also used for disharmonies between the Liver and Spleen
with such symptoms as epigastric and fank pain, a stifing
sensation in the chest, abdominal bloating, nausea and in-
Dan Zhu Ye (Lophatherum) – Used traditionally to clear heat
and eliminate irritability, thirst, mouth sores, and swollen,
painful gums due to heat in the Heart or Stomach channels,
to promote urination and clear damp-heat, and for rough,
scanty, painful urination. Used for heat in the Small Intestine
channel with the above symptoms as well as irritability and a
dark red tip on the tongue.
Ze Xie (Alisma) – Used traditionally to promote urination and
leach out dampness in cases of urinary diffculty, edema, diar-
rhea, dizziness and tinnitus.
Huang Bai (Phellodendron) – Used in TCM to drain damp
heat, particularly from the Lower Burner for such problems as
thick, yellow vaginal discharge, foul-smelling diarrhea or for
damp-heat pouring downward or hot leg Qi with such symp-
toms as red, swollen, and painful knees, legs, or feet; drains
Kidney fre seen symptomatically as night sweats, afternoon
fevers and sweating.
Zhi Mu (Anemarrhena) – Traditionally used to clear
heat and drain fre in cases of fever, irritability, thirst,
cough with thick yellow sputum; to enrich yin and
moisten dry conditions; to generate fuids and clear heat in cases of oral ulcers and infammation due to yin def-
ciency, as well as assisting with wasting and thirsting disorder.
Sheng Di Huang (Fresh Rehmannia) – Used in TCM to clear
heat and cool blood, which may result in fever, thirst and scar-
let tongue; to nourish yin and generate fuids; to cool the up-
ward heart fre in cases of mouth sores, insomnia, thirst and
Che Qian Zi (Plantago Seed) – Generally used in TCM for
damp-heat pouring into the Lower Burner. Used to promote
urination, which may reduce edema or painful urinary dysfunc-
tion, solidify the stool, clear the eyes, and expel phlegm.
Huang (Scutellaria) – Clears heat and drains fre, especially
from the Upper Burner. Clears heat and dries dampness in the
Stomach or Intestines, which often manifests as diarrhea or
Ku Shen (Sophora Root) – Clears heat and dries dampness;
used traditionally for dysenteric disorder, vaginal discharge,
jaundice, sores, itching and discharge, urinary dysfunction,
and hot edema.
Lian Qiao (Forsythia) – Chinese botanical that has been used
in Traditional Chinese Medicine to clear heat and toxins, dissi-
pate nodules of all hot sores, carbuncles and neck lumps, ex-
pel externally contracted wind-heat, pronounced fever, slight
chills, sore throat, and headache.
Zhi Zi [Shan] (Gardenia Fruit) – Chinese botanical that has
been used in TCM to clear heat and eliminate irritability, fever,
restlessness, insomnia, delirious speech; to drain damp heat
seen symptomatically as painful urinary dysfunction, jaundice;
and to cool blood and reduce swelling.
Gan Cao (Licorice) – Tonifes the Spleen and augments the Qi.
Clears heat and relieves fre toxicity. Moderates spasms and
alleviates pain of the abdomen or legs. Due to its sweet, neutral
and moderating properties, it is used often in TCM to temper
herbs that are hot or cold and to mitigate the violent properties
of other herbs. It can lead and conduct other herbs into the 12
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