Chi Shi Zhi - Halloysite, Kaolin

TCM Materia Medica

Chi Shi Zhi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "chi shi zhi" which in english is "halloysite, kaolin", is categorized within the "herbs that stabilize and bind" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine, spleen and stomach channels and exhibits sour (suan), sweet (gan) and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 9-30g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • 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.

Chi Shi Zhi has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

As noted above, chi shi zhi is within the herbs that stabilize and bind functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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