It is sweet and salty in flavour and cold in nature. It is
tropistic to the lung, liver channels. Its saltiness can
resolve hard lumps. It can calm and send down abnormally
ascending Qi by its heavy quality. It acts on the lung
channel to resolve phlegm and lumps, send down rebellious
Qi, relieve asthma; while on the liver channel to calm the
liver to relieve convulsion. Therefore, it is indicated in
stubborn phlegm, which is lingering and difficult to be
expec torated, as well as seven orificese blocked by
invasion of phlegm. epilepsy, phobia mania, and other
Sending down abnormally
ascending qi and removing phlegm, calming the liver to
1. For treatment of cough due to
phlegm-heat, sticky phlegm, which is hard to be
expectorated, chest tightness and breathless, i.e.
stubborn phlegm with cough and asthma, it can be used in
combination with Fructus Trichosanthis, Bulbus
Fritillariae, Radix Scutellariae, Semen Armeniacae Amarum,
and other herbs having the function of removing
heat-phlegm, relieving cough and asthma.
2. For treatment of mental
confusion, vexation and mania due to accumulation of
heat-phlegm blocking the seven orifices, it is usually
used together with Radix et Rhizoma Rhei, Radix
Scutellariae, Lignum Aquilariae Resinatum in order to
purge the pathogenic fire to dispel phlegm, resuscitate
and arrest convulsion, such as Mengshi Guntan Wan; For
treatment of infantile accumulation of phlegm-heat,
pyrexia and acute infantile convulsion, its powder can be
administered by mixing with juice of Herba Menthae and
white honey in order to remove heat-phlegm, arrest
convulsion and calm wind.
Dosage and Administration:
6-10g for pills; 1.5-3g for powder.
Precautions: Contraindicated in pregnancy.
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