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   Introduction To Honey (feng mi)

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honey (feng mi)  

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Properties: It is sweet in flavour, neutral in nature, and acts on the lung, spleen and large intestine channels. Being sweet, neutral and moist in quality for restoring Qi and moistening dryness, it is always a good tonic with effects of strengthening the middle-jiao, relieving spasm, alleviating pain, moistening the lung to arrest cough, and relaxing the bowel to relieve constipation. It is indicated for cold of insufficiency type in the middle-jiao, gastric pain, consumptive diseases, lingering cough, dryness in the bowels and constipation, and for old people and those patients with weakened boy resistance due to chronic diseaes.

Effects: Strengthening the middle-jiao, relieving spasm, moistening the lung to arrest cough and relaxing the bowel to relieve constipation.

Indications:

1. For dryness of the lung and dry cough or consumptive diseases and lingering cough, it is often used in combination with ginseng, dried rehmannia root, poria and other herbs for invigorating Qi and nourishing Yin.

2. For cold of insufficiency type in the middle-jiao and cold pain in the stomach and abdomen, the drug is often used in combination with peony root, liqucorice, cinnamom twig and other herbs for warming the middle-jiao and alleviation pain.

3. For impairment of the body fluid, dryness in the bowels and constipation, the drug can be used solely following its infusion with hot boiled water, or in combination with Chinese angelica root, hemp seed and other herbs for relaxing the bowle to relieve constipation.

In addition, it can also be used to treat intoxication of Sichuan aconite root and prepared aconite root.

Dosage and Administration: 15-30g. Taken following infusion with hot boiled water, or used in pill, powder of soft extract.

Agkistrodon Snake (bai hua she)

  Agkistrodon acutus

Properties: Sweet and salty in flavour, warm in nature, being poisonous, it acts on liver channel. The action may pass through exterior to interior, promoting the bone and expelling the wind, clearing the channels to arrest convulsion. It is suitable for rheumatic arthralgia, headache due to latent wind, tetanus, leprosy, intractable tinea, etc.

Effects: Expelling the wind and clearing channel, arresting the wind and convulsion.

Indications:

1.  For rheumatic arthralgia, muscle spasm, it is used in combination with pubescent angelica root (Radix Angelicae pubescentis), Chinese angelica root (Radix Angelicae sinensis) and acanthopanax bark ( Cortex Acanthopanacis radicis), soaking in wine for drinking; for aphonia caused by apoplexy or hemiplagia, it is used together with astragalus root ( Radix Astragali seu Hedysari), and Chinese angelica root to tonify the Qi and blood, expel the wind and clear channels.

2.    For opisthotonus caused by tetanus, it is often used together with scorpion (Scorpio), gastrodia tuber ( Rhizoma Gastrodiae) and Arisaema consanguineum Schott; for infantile convulsion caused by high fever, it is used in combination with cow bezoare (Calculus Bovis) and Arisaema Bilis.

In addition, it is suitable for headache caused by latent wind, chronic infantile convulsion due to insufficiency of spleen, leprosy and intractable tinea.

Dosage and Administration: 3-10g in decoction; 0.5-1g in powder. One whole snake for decoction; 0.5-1g for powder.

Zaocys Dhumnades (Cantor)

It belongs to Calubridae (Family Zaocys). This drug is the whole snake after removal of its viscera. Sweet in flavour, neutral in nature, and nonpoisonous, its effects are similar to those of Agkistrodon snake but milder. The usual dosage is 5-10g, 2-3g in powder.