Questions and Answers - Menstrual pain and discomfort (Dysmenorrhoea)

Warm, pungent herbs that release the exterior

Chinese Name

Common Name

Function

Taste

Channels

Contraindications

Ma Huang

 

Ephedra

(Currently banned in Australia)

Diaphoresis
Asthma
Urination

Bitter

LU
BL

Heavy Sweating
Hbp, insomnia
Xu cond with sweating
Kid not grasping qi

Gui Zhi

 

 

Cinnamon Twig

Diaphoresis
Blood Circulation
Warm Channels
Disperse cold
Edema, wlcld Pos. AR.

Sweet

HT
BL
LU

Caution : pregnancy
Febrile disease
Yin xu with heat s/s

Zi Su Ye

 

Perilla Leaf

Release Ext & disperse cold
↑ Flow of SP/ST qi
Seafood Poisoning
Calm Fetus

Pungent

LU
SP

Don’t boil for long time

Jing Jie

Schizonepeta

Expel W/H & W/C
Stop bleeding (carbonize)
Vent rashes/itching

Pungent

 

LU
LVR

LVR wind patterns
Fully erupted
Measles or wounds

Fang Feng

 

Ledebouriella Siler

Expel Wind (LVR)
Expel WC
Pain, Spasms & Tremours

Pungent

Sweet

LU
LVR
SP
BL

Spasms due to blood xu
Yin xu with heat s/s

Bai Zhi

 

Dahuarian angelica root

Wind Damp
Pus & Swellings
Pain
Opens Nose

Pungent

LU
ST

Yin xu

Xin Yi

Magnolia Flower

Toxic to ST
Clears Nose
W/C

Pungent

LU
ST

Overdosing =  red eyes / dizzyness

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