Ming Fan - Alum

TCM Materia Medica

Ming Fan TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "ming fan" which in english is "alum", is categorized within the "herbs for external applications" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine, liver, lung, spleen and stomach channels and exhibits cold (han) and sour (suan) 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: 0.6-3g

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

  • Relieves toxicity, kills parasites, dry dampness, alleviate itch.
  • Topical wash for scabies, ringworm, damp or damp heat rash.
  • Swollen painful eyes, throat, and jaundice.
  • Stops bleeding, alleviates diarrhea - chronic blood in the stool/urine, hemorrhoidal bleeding, nosebleed, bleeding gums, any external bleeding.
  • Clears heat, expels phlegm, wind phlegm - irritability, delirium, convulsions, cough with thick sticky sputum.

As noted above, ming fan is within the herbs for external applications functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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