Herbs That Open Orifices

TCM Materia Medica

Herbs That Open Orifices - Herbal Functional Grouping (6 herbs)
Herbs That Open Orifices General Introduction
  • Opens up sensory orifices and awakens the spirit - delirium, coma, locked jaw, clenched fists, rigid limbs, seizures.
  • There herbs are scattering by nature and can drain yuan qi; treats symptoms, not the root.
Herbs That Open Orifices Section Summary / Study Notes
  • She Xiang, Su He Xiang, Bing Pian - open orifices, treat loss of consciousness.
    • She Xiang - most intensely aromatic and penetrating in materia medica, trauma, sores.
    • Bing Pian - similar but much weaker.
    • Su He Xiang - wind-stroke with collapse due to phlegm.
  • Niu Huang - not as potent as She Xiang in opening orifices, but effective in clearing heat and relieving toxicity, often used together with She Xiang to treat coma due to heat disorder.
  • Shi Cang Pu - opens orifices is secondary to its general aromatic action in vaporizing phlegm.

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