Deng Xin Cao - Rush Pith

TCM Materia Medica

Deng Xin Cao TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "deng xin cao" which in english is "rush pith", is categorized within the "herbs that drain dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, lung and small intestine channels and exhibits cold (han) and sweet (gan) 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: 1.5-4.5g

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

  • Promotes urination and leaches out dampness - heat disorders with lin syndrome.
  • Clears heat from the heart channel into the small intestine (expelled through the urine) - pediatric sleep disorders with heat signs at night accompanied by irritability and scanty urination; adult insomnia (heart fire with kidney yin deficiency).

As noted above, deng xin cao is within the herbs that drain dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... 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 wais…)".

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