He Zi - Stabilize and Bind
LU, ST, LI (3-9g)

He Zi - He Sleeps after surgery
Little Johnny felt CRUSHED after his gut surgery, but he was happy when the surgical masks gave him some jello to stop cough and benefit throat.

His gut problem started when he was camping outside (cc: exterior patterns) in the jungle and drank some tainted jungle water (cc: caution for internal accumulation damp-heat)

English Name: chebule, medicine terminalia fruit
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Chebulae
Properties: bitter, astringent, neutral

   Explanation of Key Words in this story...
gut surgery binds up large intestine; stops diarrhea
surgical masks... stop cough and benefit throat restrains leakage of Lu qi; stops cough; benefits throat


       He Zi Actions and Indications
  • Binds up Large Intestine; stops diarrhea (chronic diarrhea or dysenteric disorders; he zi can be used in hot or cold patterns when combined with other herbs)
  • Restrains leakage of LU qi; stops cough; benefits throat (wheeze, deficient LU qi, loss of voice, chronic cough; can be used for cough due to phlegm heat obstructing the LU in combination w/ other herbs)
  • (cc: exterior patterns)
  • (cc: caution for internal accumulation of damp heat)
  • (note: Must CRUSH!)
    Alternate Forms:
  • sheng- for chronic cough and voice loss
  • wei- for chronic diarrhea and dysenteric disorders
    Special Notes:
  • He Zi and Rou Dou Kou both treat chronic diarrhea. He Zi focuses on the upper jiao (wheezing and cough d/t LU qi deficiency) while Rou Dou Kou focuses more on the middle jiao and treats fullness and pain with poor appetite due to SP qi deficiency.

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