Category Archives: Herbs That Transform Phlegm

The herbs in this category deal with thick fluid which accumulates in the respiratory and digestive tracts as well as the muscles and other body tissues. Generally this is called phlegm. The lungs are the receptacle of phlegm and the spleen is the organ which generates phlegm. Phlegm can cause such disorders as epilepsy, convulsion, scrofula, goiter, chronic skin disorders, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and abdominal distention.

Gua Lou

Properties:  SWEET  – COLD                                                                                 Dosage: 9 – 30g.

Trichosanthes Meridian: LARGE INTESTINE, LUNG, STOMACH

Fruit -Pi (peal) -clears and transforms phlegm heat, dissipates nodules

-Ren Zi (seeds) -expels pus and promotes healing of sores (mastitis)

-moistens intestines (constipation due to dry)

 

Zhu Ru

Properties: SWEET  – COOL                                                                                 Dosage: 4.5 – 9g.

Bamboo Shavings Meridian: HEART, LUNG, STOMACH

-clear/transform phlegm heat and cough

-clears heat from stomach, stops vomiting

-disturbed heart by phlegm heat (insomnia, restlessness)

 

Fu Hai Shi

Properties: SALTY  – COLD                                                                                  Dosage: 6 – 15g.

Pumice Meridian: LUNG

-clear lung heat – expel phlegm, thick sputum, bloody sputum

-soften hardness – dissipate phlegm nodules – scrofula

-promote urination – re lin, stone lin

 

Hai Ge Ke

Clam Shell

 

Properties: BITTER, SALTY  – NEUTRAL                                                              Dosage: 6 – 15g.

 Meridian: KIDNEY, LUNG, STOMACH

-clear heat, direct lung Qi down – transform thick sputum with chest and or rib pain

-soften hardness, dissipate nodules – phlegm fire goiter and scrofula

-epigastric pain, acid reflux – (calcined powdered form)

 

Hai Zao

Sargassum Seaweed

 

Properties: BITTER, SALTY   – COLD                                                                   Dosage: 4.5 – 15g.

 Meridian: KIDNEY, LIVER, LUNG, STOMACH

-clear heat, reduce phlegm nodules – goiter, scrofula

-promote urination – reduce edema, leg edema and floating edema

 

Kun Bu

Kelp

Properties: SALTY  – COLD                                                                                  Dosage: 4.5 – 15g.

Meridian: KIDNEY, LIVER, STOMACH

-reduce phlegm, soften hardness – nodules in neck, fullness in chest due to phlegm

-promote urination, reduce swelling – lower extremity edema

 

 

Ban Xia

Properties: PUNGENT  – WARM/TOXIC                                                                 Dosage: 4.5 – 12g.

Pinellia Meridian: LUNG, SPLEEN, STOMACH

Rhizome -dry dampness, transform cold-phlegm, rebellious Qi

-harmonize stomach, stops vomiting

-dissipate nodules, reduce distension

TOXIC – caution with pregnancy

 

Dan Nan Xing

Jack In The Pulpit Rhizome

 

Properties: PUNGENT, BITTER  – WARM/TOXIC                                                    Dosage: 4.5 – 9g.

 Meridian: LUNG, LIVER, SPLEEN

-dry dampness, expel phlegm (drying aspect stronger than ban xia)

-disperse wind phlegm in channels, stops spasm

-reduce swelling, alleviate pain, deep rooted sores, yin type abscess.

TOXIC – caution with pregnancy

(ZHI / TIAN) Nan Xing = prepared with fresh ginger

(DAN) Nan Xing =  prepared with cow bile (good for Heat phlegm)

Tian Nan Xing

Jack In The Pulpit Rhizome

 

Properties: PUNGENT, BITTER  – WARM/TOXIC                                                    Dosage: 4.5 – 9g.

Meridian: LUNG, LIVER, SPLEEN

-dry dampness, expel phlegm (drying aspect stronger than ban xia)

-disperse wind phlegm in channels, stops spasm

-reduce swelling, alleviate pain, deep rooted sores, yin type abscess.

TOXIC – caution with pregnancy

(ZHI / TIAN) Nan Xing = prepared with fresh ginger

(DAN) Nan Xing =  prepared with cow bile (good for Heat phlegm)

Xuan Fu Hua

Properties: PUNGENT, BITTER  – WARM                                                               Dosage: 3 – 12g.

Inula Flower Meridian: LIVER, LUNG, STOMACH, SPLEEN

-redirect lung Qi downward, expel cold-phlegm

stop vomiting, rebellious Qi

 

Bai Fu Zi

Properties: PUNGENT, SWEET  – WARM/TOXIC                                   Dosage: 1.5 – 6g.

Typhonium Meridian: LIVER, SPLEEN, STOMACH

Rhizome -Dry dampness, transform phlegm, expel wind-cold, stop spasm pain

-Relieve toxicity, dissipates nodules – snake bite

-TOXIC – do not use with pregnancy   (1.5-6g)

 

Bai Jie Zi

Properties: PUNGENT – WARM                                                            Dosage: 3 – 9g.

White Mustard Meridian: LUNG

Seed -warms lung Qi, expels cold-phlegm

-dissipates nodules, reduce swelling, alleviate pain, yin type boils

 

Jie Geng

Properties: BITTER, PUNGENT  – NEUTRAL                                         Dosage: 3 – 9g.

Balloon Flower Meridian: LUNG

Rhizome -opens up lung Qi, Expel phlegm (hot or cold), benefits throat

-promote discharge of pus

-guiding herb to lung

 

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Qian Hu

Properties: PUNGENT, BITTER  – COOL                                                                Dosage: 4.5 – 9g.

Hogfennel Meridian: LUNG

Root -re-directs rebellious lung Qi downward, expels phlegm

-releases wind from the exterior