Herbs That Drain Dampness
Herbs That Drain Dampness:
- There are two main types of dampness:
- Accumulation of fluids in the body - edema, congested fluids (respiratory and digestive system).
- These herbs are good for edema below the waist in the lower extremities.
- Acute edema should be combined with herbs that release the exterior.
- Chronic edema should be combined with herbs that tonify qi and yang of spleen and kidneys.
- Heat signs of fever, burning sensation, yellow discharges with stagnation symptoms of distention and fullness.
- Lin syndrome (painful urination), Shi Wen (warm febrile disease), damp sores and jaundice all fit under this category.
- The main method of treatment is to increase the production of urine.
- Use with caution in cases of yin deficiency and/or depleted fluids.
Section Herbal Summary:
- Fu Ling and Zhu Ling - promote urination.
- Fu Ling - strengthens the spleen, calms the heart.
- Zhu Ling - not tonifying, slightly cold, used exclusively to promote urination and expel dampness.
- Fu Ling and Yi Yi Ren - similar but Yi Yi Ren has a much weaker tonifying function.
- Yi Yi Ren also clears heat and treats wind-dampness.
- Mu Tong and Tong Cao - promote urination and clear heat.
- Ze Xie, Che Qian Zi, Hua Shi - promotes urination and clears damp-heat.
- Ze Xie - clears kidney fire.
- Che Qian Zi - Clears liver and lung heat.
- Hua Shi - clears summer heat.
- Guang Fang Ji and Han Fang Ji - similar.
- Qu Mai, Bian Xie, Shi Wei, Jin Qian Cao, Dong Kui Zi, Yu Mi Xu - for damp heat induced lin.
- Qu Mai - when heat is predominant.
- Bian Xu - heat and dampness are equally severe.
- Bei Xie - dampness is predominent.
- Jin Qian Cao and Yu Mi Xu - stone lin.
- Jin Qian Cao and Yin Chen Hao - both effective for clearing damp-heat from the liver and gallbladder - jaundice.
- Dong Kui Zi - when constipation is present.
|Chinese Herb||Functions and Usage|
|Ban Bian Lian (Lobelia)||
|Bei Xie (Dioscorea Root)||
|Bian Xu (Knotweed, Polygonoum)||
|Che Qian Zi (Plantago Seeds)||
|Chi Xiao Dou (Aduki Bean)||
|Deng Xin Cao (Rush Pith)||
|Di Fu Zi (Broom Cyprus Fruit)||
|Dong Gua Ren (Winter Melon Seed)||
|Dong Kui Zi (Musk Mallow Seeds)||
|Fu Ling (Poria, China Root)||
|Guang Fang Zi (Aristolochia Root, Stephania)||
|Han Fang Zi (Stephania Root)||
|Hua Shi (Talcum Powder)||
|Jin Qian Cao (Lysimachia, Whole Plant)||
|Mu Tong (Akebia Caulis)||
|Qu Mai (Dianthus)||
|Shi Wei (Pyrrosia Leaves)||
|Tong Cao (Rice Paper Pith)||
|Yi Yi Ren (Seeds of Job's Tears)||
|Yin Chen Hao (Yin Chen Hao Shoots and Leaves)||
|Yu Mi Xu (Cornsilk)||
|Ze Xie (Water Plantain Root)||
|Zhu Ling (Polyporus Sclerotium)||