Herbs That Stabilize And Bind - Herbal Functional Grouping (18 herbs)
Herbs That Stabilize And Bind General Introduction
- 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 urination). These herbs must be combined with appropriate herbs or formulas to treat the root cause of these conditions, most often deficiency syndromes. Generally these herbs will only treat isolated aspects of these conditions.
Herbs That Stabilize And Bind Section Summary / Study Notes
- Shan Zhu Yu, Wu Wei Zi - strong astringents, wide applications:
- Shan Zhu Yu - tonifies the liver, kidneys, and jing.
- Wu Wei Zi - tonifies the lung, kidneys, and qi.
- He Zi, Wu Mei, Rou Dou Kou - binds the intestines.
- Lian Zi - treats chronic diarrhea, also spermatorrhea or vaginal discharge.
- Chun Pi - chronic diarrhea due to damp heat.
- Jin Ying Zi, Qian Shi - retains the essence.
- Qian Shi - tonifies the spleen and resolves dampness, good for diarrhea.
- Nuo Dao Gen, Ma Huang Gen, Fu Xiao Mai - stabilizes the exterior and prevents abnormal sweating.
- He Zi, Bai Guo, Wu Wei Zi - contains lung qi and suppresses cough.
- Bai Guo - strongly arrests wheezing, good for excesses.
- Wu Mei and He Zi - work on both the lungs and the large intestine in treating chronic cough with lung deficiency and chronic diarrhea.
- He Zi - stronger descending action, also for phlegm-heat effecting the throat and the lungs.
- Wu Mei - generates fluids, intestinal parasites.
- Wu Bei Zi, Hai Piao Xiao - stabilizes the menses, stops excessive uterine bleeding.
- Fu Pen Zi, Qian Shi - urinary frequency and incontinence.