Single Herbs - Warm Acrid Release Exterior

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Notes taken from Airmid.org Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

Ma Huang
"Herba Ephedrae"

WARM ACRID RELEASE EXTERIOR

Warm, acrid, slightly bitter
LU, UB
3-10g

1) Promote sweating to relieve exterior wind cold Invasion
* replete type (cold damage) with no sweating
* best for promoting sweating

2) Calms wheezing, coughing and asthma

3) Promotes urination and reduces certain edema
* wind water with wind cold invasion

4) Warms and disperses cold pathogens
* bi syndrome

*to use with heat pattern, dry stir with honey or use cold herbs*

Gui Zhi
"Cinnamomi Ramulus"

WARM ACRID RELEASE EXTERIOR

Warm, acrid, sweet
HT, LU, UB
3-10g

*More mild than Ma Huang for sweating
*warmer than Mu Huang*

1) Promote sweating to relieve exterior wind cold invasion
* Vacuity type (wind strike) with spontaneous sweating

2) Warms and unblocks the channels and collaterals
* bi syndrome

3) Warms yang and transforms thin mucus

4) Assists HT yang and unblocks yang qi of the chest
* chest pain

5) Warms the channels, vessels, and collaterals

Zi Su Ye/Zi Su Geng
"Perillae Folium"

WARM ACRID RELEASE EXTERIOR

Warm, acrid, aromatic
LU, SP
3-10g

* Zi Su Ye is stronger at releasing exterior than Zi Su Gen
* Zi Su Geng is better for 2nd fxn
*only Zi Su Ye for 3rd fxn

1) Promote sweating to relieve exterior wind cold invasion
* mild, early stage sweating

2) Moves SP/ST qi (MJ qi)
* moves and regulates for stagnation
* gas, bloating, pain, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, morning sickness

3) Detoxifies seafood poisoning
* fresh is better than dried for this function

Jing Jie
"Schizonepetae Herba"

Slightly warm, acrid, pungent
LU, LV
3-10g

WARM ACRID RELEASE EXTERIOR

* better at promoting sweating than Fang Feng

1) Promote sweating to relieve exterior wind cold invasion
* treats both wind cold and wind heat

2) Stops bleeding in charred form
* excessive menses, bloody stool, hemorrhoids

3) Vents skin rashes esp. with wind heat

Fang Feng
"Saposhnikoviae Radix"

Slightly warm, acrid, sweet
UB, LV, SP
3-10g

WARM ACRID RELEASE EXTERIOR

* better with skin itches than jing jie

1) Promote sweating to relieve exterior wind cold invasion
* treats both wind cold and wind heat
* esp. wind cold invasions with headaches

2) Dispels dampness for bi syndrome

3) Stops spasm and contraction by expelling wind
* lock jaw, tetanus

4) Chemical Poisoning
* mercury, arsenic

*not dry, so doesn't cause yin deficiency*

Qiang Huo
"Notopterygii Rhizoma Seu Radix"

Warm, acrid, bitter
UB, KD
3-10g

WARM ACRID RELEASE EXTERIOR

* use with Du Hou since it is for the lower body

1) Promote sweating to relieve exterior wind cold invasion
* esp. with dampness: body ache, shoulder and neck tightness

2) Dispels wind cold dampness for bi syndrome
* esp. for the upper body

*very warm and dry, avoid in causing yin deficiency*

Gao Ben
"Ligustici Rhizoma"

Warm, acrid
UB
3-10g

WARM ACRID RELEASE EXTERIOR

*weaker at both functions that Qiang Huo, but better at treating headaches than Qiang Huo

1) Promote sweating to relieve exterior wind cold invasion

2) Dispels wind cold dampness for bi syndrome

Bai Zhi
"Angelicae Dahuricae Radix"

Warm, acrid
LU, ST
3-10g

WARM ACRID RELEASE EXTERIOR

1) Promote sweating to relieve exterior wind cold invasion
* esp. yangming (forehead) headaches {combine with Chuan Xiong}
* opens nasal orifices; sinus infection, congestion, pressure on forehead

2) Clears heat toxicity
* reduces swellings for skin infarctions with yellow, odorous pus, redness and pain and mastitis {combine with Jin Yin Hua}

3) Dispels dampness
* esp. with both types of leukorrhea: {combine with Huang Bai}
1- damp heat of LJ (thick, sticky, yellow)
2- SP qi xu (thin, clear, no odor)

Xi Xin
"Asari Herba"

Very warm, acrid
LU, KD, HT
No more than 3g

WARM ACRID RELEASE EXTERIOR

*much warmer than other herbs in this category*

1) Promote sweating to relieve exterior wind cold invasion
* esp. with jueyin (temple) headaches
* esp. with body aches due to dampness

2) Stops pain
* bi syndrome

3) Warms channels and organ systems
* esp. warming of LU
* white, thin, clear, foaming phlegm; chronic bronchitis

Sheng Jiang
"Zingiberis Rhizoma Recens"

Slightly warm, acrid
LU, SP
3-10g (3-5 pieces)

WARM ACRID RELEASE EXTERIOR

1) Promote sweating to relieve exterior wind cold invasion
* mild, early stage (not a strong function)

2) Warms LU

3) Warms SP/ST to stop vomiting and nausea
* very reliable for this function (like Chen Pi)

Cong Bai
"Alli Fistulosi Bulbus"

Warm, acrid
LU, ST
3-10g

WARM ACRID RELEASE EXTERIOR

1) Promote sweating to relieve exterior wind cold invasion
* Mild, early stage (not a strong function)

2) Warms yang qi (both internal and external)
* SP Yang Xu- watery diarrhea, strong odor, stomach cramping, undigested food
* UB Yang Xu- urine retention, prostate infection that inhibits urination

*do not use with honey, they will cancel each other out*

Cang Er Zi
"Xanthii Fructus"

Warm, acrid, bitter, slightly toxic
LU
3-10g

WARM ACRID RELEASE EXTERIOR

1) Opens nasal orifices to relieve exterior wind cold invasion
* esp. with congestion and sinus infection

2) Expels wind cold damp for bi syndrome (pain)
* damp skin infections like fungal infections (similar to Huang Bai)
* used both internally and externally

**toxic reaction can occur 2 days after taking this herb (ST cramping, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, restlessness, LV damage with jaundice)

Xin Yi (Xin Yin Hua)
"Magnoliae Flos"

Warm, acrid
LU, ST
3-10g

WARM ACRID RELEASE EXTERIOR

*this herb is fuzzy, prepare in gauze/paper bag, some people prefer to crush first*

1) Opens nasal orifices to relieve exterior wind cold invasion
* only for sinus infections

*overdose causes dizziness and red, dry, itchy, irritated eyes*

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