Bu Gu Zhi- Tonify Yang
KD, SP (3-9g)


Bu Gu Zhi - Boo Goozer
Boo Goozer was an old hick who believed that retaining his urine (by drinking it!) would help him to retain his essence and fortify KD yang to live forever! He would even put urine on his ice cream which eventually caused some cold SP and uncontrollable diarrhea. Boo Goozer claimed that recycling his own urine helped to "aid the kidney to grasp more qi" and keep his skin young. Most said that other than the diarrhea or borborgymus Boo was an alright guy.

But Boo wasn't careful and developed sleepless nights with constipation (cc: yin deficiency with heat or constipation)

English Name: psoralea fruit
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Psoraleae
Properties: bitter, acrid, very warm

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
retaining his urine... retain essence fortify KD yang tonifies KD; fortifies yang; stabilizes essence; retains urine
cold SP and uncontrollable diarrhea warms SP; stops diarrhea
aid the kidney to grasp more qi aids KD to grasp qi
skin young treats skin problems


      Bu Gu Zhi Actions and Indications
  • Tonifies KD; fortifies yang; stabilizes essence; retains urine (impotence, premature ejaculation, spermatorrhea, cold, painful low back or weak back and extremities; enuresis, urinary incontinence, frequent urination)
  • Warms SP; stops diarrhea (deficient cold diarrhea, borborygmus, abdominal pain)
  • Aids KD to grasp Qi (asthma due to Kidney qi deficiency)
  • Treats skin problems (topical use for alopecia, psoriasis, vitiligo)
  • (cc: yin deficient heat or constipation)
    Special Notes:
  • Pharmacologically Bu Gu Gu Zhi has been found to dilate the coronary artery, to have antibiotic properties, to have marked anti-asthmatic properties, to relax and stimulate smooth muscle in the intestines, and to inhibit DNA synthesis of cancer cells.
  • Combined with Ge jie and Dong chong xia cao for asthma
  • Combined with Yi Zhi Ren to tonify the KD and consolidate essence

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