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Herbs that Regulate Qi

Primary Disorders of Qi: Xu and Stagnation

Major types of Stag: SP/ST Qi Stag, Liv Qi Stag, Lung Qi Stag

Actions: Aromatic, Pungent, Bitter & Dry

Name

Function

Taste

Channels

Contraindication

Chen Pi

(Tangerine Peel)

Regulates Qi in middle jiao (ab disten, belching etc)
Prevents stasis/rebellious qi
Dries damp & transform phlegm

Acrid
Warm
Bitter
Aromatic

LU
SP
ST

 

Zhi Shi

(immature bitter orange)

Breaks up stag Qi, reduces accumulation
Directs qi ↓, unblocks bowels
Transform phlegm & expels focal distention
HBP
Stag in Chest/Upper Back

Bitter
Acrid
Slightly cold

LI
SP
ST

 

Xiang Fu

(cyperus)

Spreads & regulates LVR Qi
Regulates menses & alleviates Px
Upper Ab Px

Acrid
Slightly bitter/cold
Neutral

LVR
SJ

 

Mu Xiang

(Costus Root)

Promotes movement of qi & alleviates Px
Adjust/Regulates qi in Intestines
Strengthens SP & prevents stasis
Px in ParaUmbilical

Acrid
Bitter
Warm

GB
LI
SP
ST

Yin Xu
Depleted Fluids

 Chuan Lian Zi

(Sichuan Chinaberry)

Promotes the movement of qi & stops Px
Clears heat, dries damp, regulates qi & alleviates Px
Kills parasites & stops Px
Lower Ab
Flank Px

Bitter
Cold
Slightly Toxic

BL
LIV
SI
ST

SP/ST Xu

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