Zhi Shi - Regulate QI
SP, ST, LI (3-9g)


Zhi Shi - Zirsha's Inertia

Zirsha was a dancer who loved teaching people to break up stagnant qi and resolves food accumulations through dancing. Folk Lore says dancing in the swamp to transform phlegm and relieve focal distension can also heal your SP qi sinking

But crazy dancing when pregnant (cc: pregnancy) may cause (cc: SP and ST qi deficiency)

English Name: aurnatium immaturus, immature bitter orange, immature sweet orange
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Aurantii Immaturus
Properties: bitter, acrid, cool

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
breaks up stagnant qi and resolves accumulations breaks up stagnant qi and resolves accumulations
transform phlegm... relieves focal distension transforms phlegm; relieves focal distension
SP qi sinking treats SP qi sinking


       Zhi Shi Actions and Indications
  • Breaks up stagnant qi and resolves food accumulations (indigestion with focal distension or gas, epigastric or abdominal pain and distension, diarrhea, incomplete feeling, abdominal pain and constipation with abdominal pain and fullness; dysenteric disorder or damp-heat diarrhea)
  • Transforms phlegm; relieves focal distension (cholecystitis, chest bi; angina; focal distension of chest and epigastrium due to phlegm obstructing qi; recent use for coronary artery disease)
  • Treats SP qi sinking (gastrectasis, gastroptosis, rectal and urethral prolapse; recent use for treating hypotension)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: SP and ST qi deficiency)
    Special Notes:
  • Zhi Shi should not be used by itself since its qi dispersing function may consume qi.
  • Zhi Shi is acidic and should be used with caution in patients suffering from peptic ulcer.
  • Zhi Ke and Zhi Shi are similar but not interchangeable. Zhi Shi is more suitable for severe cases because it is more potent, while Zhi Ke is more gentle. Zhi ke is ripe while Zhi Shi is unripened and stronger in action.

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