He Zi - Myrobalan Fruit, Terminalia, Chebula

TCM Materia Medica

He Zi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "he zi" which in english is "myrobalan fruit, terminalia, chebula", is categorized within the "herbs that stabilize and bind" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine, lung and stomach channels and exhibits bitter (ku) and sour (suan) 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: 3-9g

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

  • Binds the intestines - hot or cold diarrhea, dysentery.
  • Leakage of lung qi - cough, wheezing, loss of voice.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, he zi is generally included in the following 1 formula:

ViewXiang Yin Wan (Golden Voice Pills)

Benefits the yin and qi of the lungs, clears heat and wind - acute and/or chronic throat and/or voice issues from overuse, illness, smoking, etc.  Symptoms may include difficulty speaking, hoarseness…

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

(truncated intro "... 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…)".

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