Questions and Answers - Menstrual pain and discomfort (Dysmenorrhoea)

Herbs that purge

Cautions: Weakness of the body due to chronic disease, during menstruation, during pregnancy, after delivery, should not be used once the bowel movement has become normal.

Name

Function

Taste

Channels

Contraindications

Da Huang
(Rhubarb)
“Purgative”

Promote Bowel Movement, ↓ Fire & release toxins
Invigorates blood
Skin lesions, xs heat poisons, bl stag, ab masses.
Good for damp-heat         Yang Ming

Bitter
Cold

SP
ST
HT
LI
LVR

Nursing mothers
Menses
Pregnancy

Mang Xiao
(Glauber’s Salt)
“Purgative”

Purge faeces ↓, Softens hard masses, moisten dryness.
Clear heat. Red swollen eyes, hot red swollen things. Nodules

Acrid
Salty
Bitter
Very Cold

ST
LI

Pregnancy
Children
Sp xu

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