Ling Yang Jiao - Antelope Horn

TCM Materia Medica

Ling Yang Jiao TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "ling yang jiao" which in english is "antelope horn", is categorized within the "herbs that extinguish wind and stop tremors" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart and liver channels and exhibits cold (han) and salty (xian) 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: 0.9-3g powder or pills
  • 1.5-3g decoction

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

  • Extinguishes wind, controls spasms and convulsions - spasms, convulsions, seizures, expecially in children with high fever.
  • Calms the liver, anchors the yang - for liver yang rising, dizziness, headache, red eyes, photophobia, spasms, convulsions.
  • Drains heat and fire - delirium, manic behavior, loss of consciousness, heat in the pericardium.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, ling yang jiao is generally included in the following 1 formula:

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Cystic acne, pimples. Skin irritation due to damp heat - eczema, boils, carbuncles, etc. With appropriate diagnosis can be used for acute dermatitis, poison ivy/oak.

As noted above, ling yang jiao is within the herbs that extinguish wind and stop tremors functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... for internal wind. results from liver and kidney imbalances - yin deficiency, ascendant liver yang, blood deficiency, high fevers. symptoms: headache, dizziness, blurred vision, tinnitus, irritability, vomiting, palpitations with anxiety…)".

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