Lu Hui - Dried Aloe Leaf Juice

TCM Materia Medica

Lu Hui TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "lu hui" which in english is "dried aloe leaf juice", is categorized within the "herbs that drain downward" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine, liver and stomach channels and exhibits bitter (ku) and cold (han) 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: 0.3-1.5g (not used in decoctions)

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

  • Drains fire and guides out accumulation - constipation, dizziness, red eyes, irritability; good for chronic cases.
  • Kills parasites, strengthens stomach - roundworms and ringworms.
  • Clears heat and cools the liver - epigastric discomfort, dizziness, headache, tinnitus, irritability, constipation, and fever due to heat in the liver channel.

Lu Hui has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid During Pregnancy and During Menstruation

As noted above, lu hui is within the herbs that drain downward functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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