Buthus martensii Karsch Fam Buthidae

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Buthus martensii Karsch (Fam. Buthidae)

Whole body pharmaceutical name Lignum Sappan english name sappan wood part used dried heartwood

Lignum Sappan is produced chiefly in the provinces of Taiwan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, and Yunnan. The wood is collected all year and cut into thin slices or small pieces for medication.

flavor, property, and channel tropism

Sweet and salty and slightly pungent in flavor, neutral in property, acts on the Heart, Liver, and Spleen channels.

functions

Invigorates Blood circulation to remove Blood Stasis and relieve pain.

clinical use and major combinations

For amenorrhea and postpartum abdominal pain, it is used with Flos Carthami Tinctorii (Hong Hua), Semen Persicae (Tao Ren), and Radix Angelicae Sinensis (Dang Gui).

For traumatic pain, it is used with Gummi Olibanum (Ru Xiang), Myrrha (Mo Yao), Sanguis Draconis (Xue Jie), and Pyritum (Zi Ran Tong).

dosage and administration

precautions

It is contraindicated during pregnancy.

Caesalpinia sappan L. (Fam. Fabaceae)

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SU MU

Caesalpinia sappan L. (Fam. Fabaceae)

pharmaceutical name Flos Campsis english name

Chinese trumpet, creeper flower part used dried flower

Flos Campsis is produced mainly in the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang. The flower is collected during July and September, and dried in sunlight for use.

flavor, property, and channel tropism

Sweet and sour in flavor, cold in property, acts on the Liver channel.

functions

Promotes Blood circulation to relieve Blood Stasis, removes Heat from the Blood and dispels Wind.

clinical use and major combinations

For amenorrhea due to Blood Stasis, it can be used with Radix Angelicae Sinensis (Dang Gui), Radix Peoniae Rubra (Chi Shao), and Flos Carthami Tinctorii (Hong Hua). For masses due to Blood Stasis, it is used with Cortex Moutan (Mu Dan Pi).

For breast swelling after childbirth. For rubella red in color, itching, and acne, it is used alone or used with Cortex Moutan (Mu Dan Pi), Radix Rehmanniae (Sheng Di Huang), and Fructus Tribuli Terrestris ( Ji Li).

dosage and administration

precautions

It is contraindicated during pregnancy.

Campsis grandiflora (Thunb.) K. Schum. (Fam. Bignoniaceae)

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LING XIAO HUA

Campsis grandiflora (Thunb.) K. Schum. (Fam. Bignoniaceae)

pharmaceutical name Semen Cannabis Sativae english name hemp seeds, cannabis seeds part used dried ripe seed

Semen Cannabis Sativae is produced in every part of China. It is collected in autumn, dried in sunlight, and broken before using.

flavor, property, and channel tropism

Sweet in flavor, neutral in property, acts on the Spleen and Large Intestine channels.

functions

Moistens the bowels to relieve constipation.

clinical use and major combinations

For constipation due to Deficiency of body Fluids and Blood Deficiency in aged and weak patients, it is used with Radix Angelicae Sinensis (Dang Gui), Radix Rehmanniae Preparata (Shu Di Huang), and Semen Armeniacae Amarum (Ku Xing Ren) in "The Pill for Replenishing the Blood and Moistening the Bowels" (Yi Xue Run Chang Wan).

For constipation due to impairment of Yin by Pathogenic Heat or as a result of Excess Fire, for constipation associated with hemorrhoids, and for habitual constipation, it is used with Radix et Rhi-zoma Rhei (Da Huang), Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis (Hou Po), and Radix Paeoniae Alba (Bai Shao) in "The Hemp Seed Pill" (Ma Zi Ren Wan).

dosage and administration

10—30 g, decocted in water for an oral dose.

precautions

None noted.

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