Niu Xi - Invigorate Blood and Regulate Menses
LV, KD (6-15g)


Niu Xi (sounds like "new sheep")

Before he became the leader of the "new sheep", preacher Jim Jones was a raging lunatic that told his blood to move down to the jungles of the southern hemisphere. His preaching would invigorate the blood of his followers and make them SO energetic they would jump around like bunnies. To build their jungle compund he called on his followers to donate the strength of their sinews and bones promising that god would tonify their KD and LV.

But the preacher man should have been careful not to overwork the pregnant women (cc: pregnancy), who developed (cc: diarrhea due to SP deficiency) and (cc: weak KD qi with excessive menstruation).

English Name: cyathula, medicinal cyathula root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Cyathulae
Properties: bitter, sour, neutral

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
told his blood to move down induces downward moving of blood
jungles of the southern hemisphere clears DH from lower jiao
invigorate the blood... SO energetic invigorates blood; expels blood stasis
strength of their sinews and bones... tonify their KD and LV strengthens sinews and bones... tonifies LV and KD


      Niu Xi Actions and Indications
  • Invigorates blood and expels blood stasis (postpartum abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, lochioschesis, lower back and knee pain due to blood stasis)
  • Tonifies LV and KD; strengthens bones and sinews (lumbago, pain, soreness, and weak of low back, knees)
  • Clears Damp Heat in the lower jiao (hematuria, damp-heat knee pain or low back pain: burning lin syndrome or edema; vaginal discharge)
  • Induces downward movement of blood (reckless movement of hot blood causing bleeding, Stomach fire, or LV yang rising: dizziness, headache, blurred vision)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: diarrhea due to SP deficiency)
  • (cc: weak KI qi with excessive menstruation, spermatorrhea)
    Alternate Forms:
  • chuan niu xi - more for invigorating blood and clearing damp-heat
  • huai niu xi - more for tonifying LV and KI and for inducing downward movement of blood
  • note: sheng (raw and/or fresh) is for invigorating, clearing, or inducing downward movement
  • note: zhi (fried) is more for tonifying
    Special Notes:
  • Niu Xi is the name that refers to both Chuan Niu Xi and Huai Niu Xi.

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