The TCM herb "zhen zhu" which in english is "pearl", is categorized within the "herbs that anchor, settle and calm the spirit" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart and liver channels and exhibits cold (han), salty (xian) 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:
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, zhen zhu is generally included in the following 6 formulas:
Resuscitates, clears heat, calms shen, and expels phelgm - coma arising from stroke, convulsions, loss of consciousness.
Insomnia and palpitations Anxiety, possible difficulty with concentration Irritibility and restlessness Tinnitus
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.
Hypertension particularly with ascendent yang and heat signs - red face, red tongue, headaches, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, etc.
Hemorrhoids and/or constipation from an accumulation of damp-heat and toxins in the lower jiao - possibly bleeding hemorrhoids, pain, rectal prolapse, anal itching. Shrinks swollen tissue, helps to …
As noted above, zhen zhu is within the herbs that anchor, settle and calm the spirit functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
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