Wu Ling Zhi - Flying Squirrel Feces

TCM Materia Medica

Wu Ling Zhi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "wu ling zhi" which in english is "flying squirrel feces", is categorized within the "herbs that invigorate blood" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver and spleen channels and exhibits bitter (ku), 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: 3-9g

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

  • Disperse blood stasis, alleviate pain - amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, post partum abdominal pain, epigastric pain due to blood stasis.
  • Transforms stasis, stop bleeding - uterine bleeding, lochioschesis.
  • Childhood nutritional impairment with focal distention.
  • Use raw to invigorate blood and dry-fry to stop bleeding.

Wu Ling Zhi 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, wu ling zhi is generally included in the following 2 formulas:

ViewGe Xia Zhu Yu Wan (Drive Out Blood Stasis Below The Diaphragm Decoction)

For blood stasis below the diaphgram - abdominal masses, liver and spleen masses/swelling, colitis. A range of liver disorders are possibly applicable - cirrhosis, hepatic hemangioma, hepatitis, jau…

ViewJiang Dan Gu Chun Wan (Contribute To Youthfulness Pills)

For high cholesterol, generally focuses on strengthening metabolism, transforming dampness, tonifying spleen qi, and mildly moving blood stasis in Chinese Medicine terms.

As noted above, wu ling zhi is within the herbs that invigorate blood functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... for blood stasis - pain, abscesses and ulcers, abdominal masses. )".

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