Ochre (dai zhe shi)
Bitter in flavour, cold in nature, it acts on liver,
heart, stomach and lung channels. It has the effects of
calming the liver and suppressing hyperactivity of
liver-yang in treating those caused by flaring-up of
liver-fire and hyperactivity of liver-yang; descending the
upward adverse flow of Qi of the lung and stomach to treat
asthma and cough and release vomiting; and also has the
effects of removing the heat of blood and stopping
bleeding to treat adverse flow of blood heat.
Calming the liver and suppressing hyperactivity of the
liver-yang, checking and descending the upward rebellious
Qi, removing heat from the blood and stopping bleeding .
1. For dizziness
and headache, restlessness, insomnia and dreaminess due to
hyperacitvity of liver-yang, it is often used with
magnetite (Magnetitum), dragon¡¯s bone (Os Draconis
Fossilia),oyster shell (Concha Ostreae) and white peony
root (Radix Paeoniae alba).
2. For vomiting,
hiccup and eructation due to deficiency of stomach and
spleen, failure of descending of stomach-qi or adverse
rising of stomach-qi, it is used together with inula
flower (Flos Inulae), ginger (Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens),
pinellia tuber (Rhizoma Pinelliae), dangshen (Radix
Codonopsis pilosulae) to regulate the middle-jiao and keep
and adverse Qi downward, nourish Qi and spleen; for
dyspnea and chronic cough due to deficiency of Qi of lung
and kidney , it is used in combination with ginseng (Radix
Ginseng), Chinese yam (Rhizoma Dioscoreae) and fruit of
medicinal cornel (Fructus Corni) as in Decoction of
Dangshen and Red Ocher for Suppressing Reversed Flow of Qi.
3. For hematemesis,
epistaxis due to exulerance of blood heat, it is used with
achyranthes and cyathula root (Radix Achyranthis
bidentatae et Radix Cyathulae), capejasmine fruit (Fructus
Gardeniae), scutellaria root (Radix Scutellariae) and
curcuma root (Radix Curumae).
Decocted earlier than other drugs, 3g powder each time.
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