The TCM herb "niu huang" which in english is "cattle gallstone", is categorized within the "herbs that open orifices" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart and liver channels and exhibits bitter (ku), cool 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:
Niu Huang has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, niu huang is generally included in the following 3 formulas:
Resuscitates, clears heat, calms shen, and expels phelgm - coma arising from stroke, convulsions, loss of consciousness.
Most often used for childhood convulsions (possibly with wheezing, nausea, nighttime crying, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive mucus/saliva) or other conditions that involve fever, impaired or loss of …
As noted above, niu huang is within the herbs that open orifices functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
(truncated intro "... opens up sensory orifices and awakens the spirit - delirium, coma, locked jaw, clenched fists, rigid limbs, seizures. there herbs are scattering by nature and can drain yuan qi; treats symptoms, not the root. )".