The TCM herb "ci shi" which in english is "magnetite", is categorized within the "herbs that anchor, settle and calm the spirit" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and liver channels and exhibits acrid, cold (han) and salty (xian) 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:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, ci shi is generally included in the following 2 formulas:
Ringing in the ears/tinnitus. Unblocks the ears - useful for diminished hearing or temporary hearing loss. Red/dry eyes with blurry vision.
For common variants of the modern western lifestyle - in Chinese Medicine terms, calms the spirit, balance liver and kidney yin, for a range of psycho-emotional and physical issues from chronic stres…
As noted above, ci shi is within the herbs that anchor, settle and calm the spirit functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
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