Herbs That Drain Dampness

TCM Materia Medica

Herbs That Drain Dampness - Herbal Functional Grouping (23 herbs)

Herbs That Drain Dampness General Introduction
  • There are two main types of dampness:
    1. Accumulation of fluids in the body - edema, congested fluids (respiratory and digestive system).
      • These herbs are good for edema below the waist in the lower extremities.
      • Acute edema should be combined with herbs that release the exterior.
      • Chronic edema should be combined with herbs that tonify qi and yang of spleen and kidneys.
    2. Dampness complicated with heat - combine with clearing damp-heat herbs.
      • Heat signs of fever, burning sensation, yellow discharges with stagnation symptoms of distention and fullness.
      • Lin syndrome (painful urination), Shi Wen (warm febrile disease), damp sores and jaundice all fit under this category.
  • The main method of treatment is to increase the production of urine.
  • Use with caution in cases of yin deficiency and/or depleted fluids.
Herbs That Drain Dampness Section Summary / Study Notes

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