Mu Dan Pi - Clear Heat: Cool Blood
HT, LV, KD (6-12g)

The Mu Cows who saw Dan pee on the forest fire
One hot summer day the Moo cows became hot blooded when they saw Dan pee on the forest fire. They ran in circles and caused a traffic jam (stampede), but eventually they slowed down due to feeling deficient from the heat.

Dan should have known better than to pee next to pregnant cows (cc: pregnancy) or those with (cc: cold disorders or excessive menses not caused by heat)

English Name: moutan bark, tree peony bark
Pharmacuetical Name: Cortex Moutan
Properties: bitter, acrid, cool

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
hot summer day... hot blooded clears heat; cools blood
forest fire clears LV fire
ran in circles... traffic jam invigorates blood... dispels stasis
deficient from the heat clears deficient heat


       Mu Dan Pi Actions and Indications
  • Cools blood, Clears Heat (From Ying and Xue level) (heat entering Ying or blood level in warm-febrile diseases: epistaxis, hematemesis, hemoptysis; subcutaneous bleeding; also for frequent profuse menstrual bleeding from blood heat, especially with clots)
  • Clears deficient heat (yin deficienct heat after warm-febrile disease, steaming bone disorders: most suitable in absence of sweating)
  • Invigorates the blood, dispels stasis (abdominal masses, lumps, blood stasis with amenorrhea; traumatic injury; carbuncles; intestinal abccesses)
  • Clears LV fire (irritability; headache; eye pain; moderns use for hypertension)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: cold disorders or excessive menses not caused by heat)
    Special Notes:
  • Hypertension: According to one study 30-45g of Mu Dan Pi decoction was given in three equally divided doses for 5 days. The results were markedly effective to lower blood pressure in 31 patients.

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