The TCM herb "hu po" which in english is "amber", is categorized within the "herbs that anchor, settle and calm the spirit" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, liver and urinary bladder channels and exhibits neutral (ping) and sweet (gan) 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:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
Hu Po may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: amenorrhea (absence of menstruation), anxiety, convulsions, genital pain - swelling, heart disease, insomnia, memory problems, palpitations and/or ulcers
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, hu po is generally included in the following 3 formulas:
A range of psychiatric, cognitive decline, trauma issues - benefit and clears the brain, transforms phlegm and tonifies kidney qi and the blood. Often used for both general cognitive decline/dementi…
Hemorrhoids and/or constipation from an accumulation of damp-heat and toxins in the lower jiao - possibly bleeding hemorrhoids, pain, rectal prolapse, anal itching. Shrinks swollen tissue, helps to …
Insomnia, vivid dreaming, nightmares. Acute emotional instability. May be used to treat convulsions or spasms that are caused by a combination of blood deficiency with wind.
As noted above, hu po is within the herbs that anchor, settle and calm the spirit functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
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