Properties: SWEET, PUNGENT - WARM Dosage:9 – 15g.
Silkworm Feces Meridian: LIVER, SPLEEN, STOMACH
-expel wind damp, relieve pain – wind-damp obstruction, itchy rash
-harmonize stomach, transform turbid dampness – vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, abdominal pain, borborygmus
Properties: BITTER – NEUTRAL Dosage: 9-30G.
Mulberry Meridian: KIDNEY, LIVER
Mistletoe Stem -liver/kidney Yin deficiency, strengthen sinews/bones
-expel wind-damp – Bi-syndrome
-nourish def. blood – calm womb, uterine bleeding, dry scaly skin
Properties:BITTER, PUNGENT - COLD Dosage: 3 – 9g.
Stephania Root Meridian BLADDER, SPLEEN, KIDNEY
-promote urination, reduce edema – lower extremity edema, borborgymus, abdominal distention, lower jiao damp accumulation
-expel wind-damp heat, alleviate pain – fever, red-swollen-hot painful joints
Properties: BITTER – COLD Dosage: 6 – 15g.
Siegesbeckia Meridian: KIDNEY, LIVER
Seigspekia Plant -dispel wind-heat-damp, strengthen sinews
-hot Bi, pain in extremities
-calm spirit, pacifies liver, detoxifies
Properties: PUNGENT, BITTER – WARM Dosage: 4.5 – 15g.
Acanthopanax Meridian: KIDNEY, LIVER
Acanthopanax Root Bark -dispel wind-cold-damp, kidney deficiency. (motor function delays,
-transform damp, reduce edema
Properties: BITTER, SWEET – COOL Dosage: 10 – 30g.
Mulberry Meridian: LIVER
MulberryTwig -dispel wind-heat -Bi, upper extremities, benefits joints
-damp-heat, reduce edema.
Properties: SOUR – WARM Dosage: 4.5 – 12g.
Quince Meridian: LIVER, SPLEEN
Fruit -relax sinews and muscles – dispel cold-Bi, calf cramps
-harmonize stomach, reduce food stagnation
Properties: BITTER, PUNGENT – NEURTRAL Dosage: 6 – 15g.
Coral Bean Meridian: LIVER, SPLEEN, KIDNEY
Bark -dispel wind-cold/hot-Damp, unblocks channels
-promote urination , reduce edema
Properties: PUNGENT, SALTY – WARM Dosage: 6 – 12g. (FISH BONE 15 – 30g.)
Clematis Meridian: BLADDER
Root -dispel wind-damp and unblocks channels, relieves pain
-fish bone lodged in throat
Properties: BITTER, PUNGENT – COOL Dosage: 4.5 – 12g.
Gentiana Meridian: GALLBLADDER, LIVER, STOMACH
Gentiana Macrophylla Root -dispel wind-cold/hot-Damp, soothes sinews (muscle
cramping) in extremities
-clears deficient heat
-paralysis caused by stroke
Properties: BITTER, PUNGENT – WARM Dosage: 3 – 9g.
Angelica Meridian: KIDNEY, BLADDER
Root -dispel wind-cold-damp , relieve pain, release exterior, lower part of body
-lesser Yin head ache and tooth ache
-itchy skin due to wind – damp.
* Do not use for excess or deficient heat syndromes.
The herbs written in this chapter are predominantly used for wind dampness effecting the muscles, sinews, joints and bones creating painful obstructions within the channels. When the superficial ‘evils’ enter the meridians causing pain it is called “Bi” syndrome. There are 4 different types of Bi syndrome which need to be treated differently. Wind Bi (Xing Bi) is usually a moving pain which can move from joint to joint or area to area. Cold Bi (Tong Bi) will have severe cold pain which will be in a fixed location that is aggravated by any type of cold and possibly alleviated by heat. Damp Bi (Zhou Bi) will have a damp nature showing its symptoms of fixed pain with swelling and numbness of the skin and muscles. Hot Bi (Re Bi) will have burning pain in a fixed area which will be aggravated by cold and possibly accompanied by fever, thirst and a rapid pulse.