Hu Zhang - Damp: Promote Urination and Relieve Jaundice
LV, GB, LU (9-30g)


Hu Zhang - Who's hung, said the jaundiced criminal...

On the day before he was hanged, the jaundiced criminal drank jungle juice until he marched in circles through a traffic jam before passing out. In his dreams he visited the toxic desert and the hot swamps before he awoke, unfortunately still in his cell, with a bad cough.

Lynch mobs are contra-indicated in pregnancy (cc: pregnancy).

English Name: polygonum cuspidatum
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Polygoni Cuspidati
Properties: bitter, cold

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
jaundiced... jungle clear damp heat; relieve jaundice
marched in circles... traffic jam invigorates blood; dispels stasis
toxic desert clears heat; removes toxicity
hot swamps... cough transforms phlegm-heat; stops cough


      Hu Zhang Actions and Indications
  • Clears damp-heat; relieves jaundice (gallstones, damp-heat jaundice; turbid vaginal discharge, damp-heat lin, modern use for hepatitis)
  • Invigorates blood; dispels stasis (abdominal pain, amenorrhea; wind-damp bi, swollen joints, traumatic injury)
  • Clears heat; relieves toxicity (abcesses, burns, carbuncles, snake bites: topical or internal use)
  • Transforms phlegm-heat, stops cough (cough w/ yellow phlegm)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
    Special Notes:
  • Hu Zhang may have a synergistic effect with insulin, sulfonylureas, and other antidiabetic medication - use with caution.
  • Very effective f or prostatitis at dosage 30g of Hu Zhang (W. Morris)

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