Han Shui Shi - Calcitum

TCM Materia Medica

Han Shui Shi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "han shui shi" which in english is "calcitum", is categorized within the "herbs that drain fire" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, kidney and stomach 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:

  • Dosage: 9-30g

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

  • Drains fire and expels summer-heat - high fever, irritability, thirst, yellow tongue coat associated with summer heat.
  • Burns and sores, throat and oral ulcers (topically).

Han Shui Shi has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid in cold cases arising from spleen or stomach deficiency.

As noted above, han shui shi is within the herbs that drain fire functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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