Ai Ye - Stop Bleeding and Warm Meridians

Ai Ye - The story of Wild Bill Hickok

Well old Wild Bill would drink lots of alcohol to warm his meridians, then he'd a go out shootin' folks n' makin' 'em bleed. He was hell on them whores too. One time one o' his whores was on her menses and wanted to cause Bill some pain so she put a freaky dead fetus in his bed while he was sleepin' through a rain storm! He's been haunted by it ever since - he says his skin still itches every time it rains.

Nowadays he's careful not to get hot blooded (cc: heat in blood) on sleepless nights (cc: yin deficiency)


English Name: artemesia argyi, argy wormwood leaf
Pharmaceutical Name: Artemesia argyi
Properties: bitter, acrid, warm

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
bleed... warm your meridians stops bleeding; warms meridians
menses... pain... fetus regulates menses; alleviates pain; pacifies fetus
skin still itches... rain stops itching; resolves dampness


      Ai Ye Actions and Indications
  • Warm meridians; stop bleeding (uterine bleeding due to deficient cold; prolonged menstrual bleeding; cold dysenteric disorder, hematemesis, epistaxis, blood in stools)
  • Regulates menses; alleviates pain; pacifies fetus (restless fetus, irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, lower abdominal cold pain, infertility due to cold womb, vaginal bleeding inthreatening miscarriage, also vaginal discharge, abdominal pain due to SP/ST deficient cold)
  • Resolves dampness; stops itching (can be used topically for eczema, tinea, genital)
  • (cc: heat in blood)
  • (cc: yin deficiency)
    Alternate Forms:
  • chao tan- good to stop bleeding
  • sheng- often used, does not stop bleeding so much
    Other Notes:
  • Ai Ye is the primary herb used in moxibustion
  • For profuse menstrual bleeding due to deficient cold combine Ai Ye with Gan Jiang and E Jiao

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