Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

Herbs That Stabilize and Bind:

  • Stabilizing and binding herbs most often have sour and astringent properties. They are useful for conditions involving excess discharges or structures slipping from proper positions (uterine prolapse, excessive sweat, diarrhea, excessive urination). These herbs must be combined with appropriate herbs or formulas to treat the root cause of these conditions, most often deficiency syndromes. Generally these herbs will only treat isolated aspects of these conditions.

Section Herbal Summary:

Chinese Herbsort icon Functions and Usage
Bai Guo (Ginkgo Nut)
  • Nourish the lungs, stop wheezing - cough with copious sputum.
  • Eliminate dampness, stop discharges - leukorrhea, turbid/frequent urine, deficiency and damp heat patterns.
  • Stabilize the lower burner - urinary frequency, incontinence, spermatorrhea.
Chi Shi Zhi (Halloysite, Kaolin)
  • Binds the intestines, stops cold diarrhea - cold diarrhea with mucus and bleeding.
  • Contain the blood, stop bleeding - uterine bleeding, excess menses, prolapse.
  • Promotes healing of wounds, chronic ulcers, topically for weeping damp sores.
Chun Pi (Bark or Root Bark of Ailanthus)
  • Clears heat, dries dampness, binds up intestines - chronic diarrhea due to damp-heat, with blood in the stool, chronic vaginal discharge due to damp-heat.
  • Kills parasites - roundworms.
Fu Pen Zi (Chinese Raspberry)
  • Tonify kidneys, stabilize kidney qi, binds the essence, restrains urine - incontinence, enuresis, spermatorrhea, frequent urination, premature ejaculation.
  • Liver and kidney deficiency - poor vision, sore low back, impotence.
Fu Xiao Mai (Un-Ripe Wheat Grain)
  • Stops excessive sweating from deficiency patterns - nightsweats, spontaneous sweating.
  • Nourish the heart - palpitations, insomnia, irritability.
  • Childhood bedwetting.
Hai Piao Xiao (Cuttlefish Bone)
  • Stops uterine bleeding with vaginal discharge - useful for deficiency patterns.
  • Retains essence due to kidney deficiency - nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, leukorrhea.
  • Harmonizes the stomch - epigastric pain, acid reflux.
  • Resolves dampness, promotes healing - topically for rashes and ulcers.
  • Diarrhea from deficiency patterns - pain CV 8 (navel), diarrhea/dysentery.
He Zi (Myrobalan Fruit, Terminalia, Chebula)
  • Binds the intestines - hot or cold diarrhea, dysentery.
  • Leakage of lung qi - cough, wheezing, loss of voice.
Jin Ying Zi (Cherokee Rosehip)
  • Stabilize the kidneys, retain essence - spermatorrhea, incontinence, leukorrhea, rectal prolapse, excessive uterine bleeding.
  • Binds the intestines - stops diarrhea and dysentery.
Lian Zi (Lotus Seed)
  • Tonify the spleen and binds - chronic diarrhea, loss of appetite.
  • Tonify the kidneys and stabilize the jing - stop leukorrhea and spermatorrhea, premature ejaculation.
  • Nourish heart, calm the spirit - irritability, anxiety, palpitations, insomnia.
Ma Huang Gen (Ephedra Root)
  • Deficiency sweating - night sweats, spontaneous sweating, post partum sweating.
Nuo Dao Gen Xu (Glutinous Rice Root)
  • Stops sweating caused by deficiency - nightsweats, spontaneous sweats.
  • Deficient yin fevers.
Qian Shi (Euryale Seed)
  • Strengthen spleen - stop diarrhea, good for children.
  • Stabilize kidneys, retains jing - patterns of kidney qi deficiency with nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, spermatorrhea, urinary frequency.
  • Expels damp - damp heat or deficient leukorrhea.
Rou Dou Kou (Nutmeg Seeds)
  • Binds the intestines, stops chronic/daybreak diarrhea due to cold from spleen and kidney deficiency.
  • Warms the middle burner, moves Qi - alleviates pain in abdomen, vomiting due to cold from deficiency of the spleen and stomach.
Shan Zhu Yu (Asiatic Cornelian Cherry Fruit)
  • Stabilize the kidneys, retain the essence - leaking of fluids due to weak essence, excessive urination, incontinence, spermatorrhea, excessive sweating, for devastated yang and collapsed qi, as in shock.
  • Tonify the liver and kidney - lightheadedness, dizziness, impotence, sore back and knees, tonifies the jing and assists the yang.
  • Stabilize menses - excessive uterine bleeding, prolonged menses, weak effect.
Wu Bei Zi (Gallnut of Chinese Sumac)
  • Contain leakage of lung qi - stop chronic cough due to deficient lung.
  • Binds the intestines, stops diarrhea - diarrhea, dysentery, chronic blood in the stool, rectal prolapse.
  • Restrains leakage - nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, excessive sweat, bleeding.
  • Absorbs moisture, reduces swellings, relieves fire toxicity - topically for sores, ringworm, ulcerated skin, scars.
Wu Mei (Mume Fruit)
  • Inhibit leakage of lung qi - lung deficiency cough.
  • Binds intestines - chronic diarrhea or dysentery.
  • Generates fluids - alleviates thirst due to heat from deficiency or qi and yin deficiency, xiao ke.
  • Expels roundworm - alleviates abdominal pain.
  • Stops bleeding - blood in the stool, uterine bleeding with blood deficiency signs (dryness, thirst, parched mouth).
Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra Fruit/Seed)
  • Constrain leakage of lung qi, enriches kidney yin - chronic cough and wheezing due to kidney and lung deficiency.
  • Tonify the kidneys, bind the essence, stop diarrhea - nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, leukorrhea, frequent urination, daybreak diarrhea.
  • Inhibits sweating, generates fluids - thirst with excess sweat, spontaneous sweating, nightsweats, xiao ke.
  • Quiet the spirit, calm the heart - irritability, palpitations, insomnia due to blood deficiency or kidney and heart yin injury.