Ding Xiang- Warm Interior and Expel Cold
SP, ST, KD (1.5-6g)


Ding Xiang: Cloves (Aunt Clove gives the baby cloves)
When the baby gets painful recurring hiccups Aunt Clove would give him cloves in his hot chocolate  to warm the Kidney and assist the yang.

Aunt Clove was always baby sitting because the baby was antagonistic to her father Eugene (cc: antagnostic with Yu Jin) and caused him many sleepless nights (cc: yin deficiency with heat).

English Name: Clove
Pharmacuetical Name: Flos Caryophylli
Properties: acrid, warm

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
painful... hiccups... hot chocolate alleviates pain... warms the middle... direct ST qi downward
warms the Kidney... assists yang warms the KD... assists the yang


      Ding Xiang Actions and Indications
  • Warms the middle jiao, directs qi downward; alleviates pain (hiccups, diarrhea, vomiting, SP and ST def. cold with lack of appetite, abdominal pain)
  • Warms the KD; assists yang (vaginal discharge due to cold in uterus, impotence)
  • (cc: antagonistic with yu jin)
  • (cc: yin deficiency with heat)
    Alternate Forms:
  • Ding Xiang Pi (Cortex Caryophylli) the bark from the same plant as Ding Xiang, it is used to dispel cold and relieve pain.
    Special Notes:
  • 31 patients had excellent results treating fungal infection with an herbal tincture applied to the affected area 3 times / day for 2-3 dray.

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