Dong Chong Xia Cao - Tonify Yang
LU, KI (5-10g)


Dong Chong Xia Cao - Dong Chong's Cow
Little Dong Chong was a regular cow herder. If Dong Chong saw the cows tonifying their KD yang on the sunny side of the hill he would chase them into a swamp where they lost the ability to breathe (LU) and live (KD) by bleeding to death! What a cute little guy!

Once his Mama found out what he was up to, she never let him go outside again (cc: caution in exterior syndromes)

English Name: cordyceps, Chinese caterpillar fungus
Pharmacuetical Name: Cordyceps
Properties: sweet, warm

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
tonifying their KD yang on the sunny side of the hill augments KD; tonifies yang
swamp... lost the ability... bleeding transforms phlegm; tonifies LU and KD; stops bleeding


       Dong Chong Xia Cao Actions and Indications
  • Augments KD Yang and Essence (sore and weak lower back and lower extremities due to KD yang deficiency, impotence)
  • Tonifies LU and KD; transforms phlegm; stops bleeding (chronic cough, wheezing due to deficiency or consumptive coughs with blood-streaked sputum; spontaneous sweating due to weak constitution after illness)
  • (cc: caution in exterior syndrome)
    Special Notes:
  • Pharmacologically Dong Chong Xia Cao has been shown to stimulate adrenal hormone secretion, the immune system, and male sperm count. It is also shown to lower blood pressure and stabilize heart rhythym. It relaxes smooth LU tissue to stabilize asthma and has also been shown to have cancer fighting neoplastic properties.
  • Known as a superior and legendary herb, notoriously difficult to find in the wild.
  • The cultivated herb is available cheaper but some say it is not as effective.

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