Li Zhi He - Leechee Nut

TCM Materia Medica

Li Zhi He TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "li zhi he" which in english is Li Zhi He herb"leechee nut", is categorized within the "herbs that regulate the qi" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver and stomach channels and exhibits sweet (gan) and warm (wen) 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: 6-15g

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

  • Regulates the Qi and stops pain - abdominal and epigastric pain due to liver qi stagnation, PMS pain, post-partum pain due to qi and blood stagnation.
  • Disperses cold and stagnation - hernia and testicular pain due to cold in the liver channel.

Li Zhi He may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: abdominal pain, epigastric pain, hernia and/or premenstrual syndrome (pms)

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

ViewGan Bing Zhi Ben Wan (Liver Disease Recovery Pills)

Irritibility or easily prone to outburts or anger. Liver disease such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, fatty liver. Jaundice - yellowing of the skin, brittle nails, pale complexion.

As noted above, li zhi he is within the herbs that regulate the qi functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... used with qi disorders involving deficiency and stagnation. these herbs are primarily used for stagnation involving the spleen and stomach, constrained liver qi, and stagnant lung qi. )".

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