Huang Qi- Tonify Qi
LU, SP (9-30g, or up to 60-120g)


Huang Qi- Tonify Qi: Story of the Yellow Qi (since Huang often means yellow in Chinese)

Ah yes - the yellow qi, my son. Even though I am wasting and thirsting, let me tonify your qi to move blood with a bed time story. Amongst the slaves who work the coffee fields, there was one who was whipped within inches of his life for stealing food to tonify his SP and raise the Yang of his middle Jiao. They thought for sure he would die from infected wounds, but it is said that the yellow qi came upon him and increased immunity to skin infections like pus.

However be careful since too much yellow qi will cause the Liver Yang to Rise (cc: with hypertension due to LYR), and even though it helps to generate flesh and heal pus you should take care not to use it in the early stage (cc: early stage of skin lesions or with heat toxicity). Also take care not to activate the yellow qi when things aren't moving around normally in the body as in (cc: Exterior excess, qi stagnation, damp obstruction, food stagnation, yin deficiency with heat)


English Name: astragalus, Mongolian milkvetch root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Astragali
Properties: sweet, slightly warm

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
tonify your qi to move blood tonifies qi to move blood
coffee promotes urination and reduces edema
tonify his SP and raise the Yang of his middle jiao tonifies SP and raises yang qi of middle jiao
increased immunity Tonifies LU qi and Wei qi; stabilizes exterior
skin infections like pus promotes discharge of pus and generates flesh

      Huang Qi Actions and Indications
  • Tonifies Qi to move Blood (numbness of limbs, paralysis, painful bi; also generates fluid for xiao ke)
  • Tonifies SP and Raises the Yang qi of middle jiao (Sp defeciency with appetite loss, fatigue, diarrhea, blood loss recovery, bleeding due to qi deficiency, failure to hold blood, postpartum fever due to qi and blood deficiency; prolapse disorders of uterus, stomach, rectum)
  • Promotes urination and reduces edema (edema due to qi deficiency)
  • Promotes the discharge of pus and generates flesh (chronic ulcers and sores with pus due to deficiency, which have not drained or healed)
  • Tonifies LU qi and Wei qi; stabilizes exterior (cough, asthma, spontaneous sweating, frequent colds or shortness of breath, combine with other herbs for excessive sweating with qi, yang, or yin deficiency)
  • (cc: caution with hypertension due to Liver yang hyperactivity)
  • (cc: caution with skin lesions in early stage or with heat toxin)
  • (cc: caution with exterior excess, qi stagnation, damp obstruction, food stagnation, yin deficiency with heat signs)
    Alternate Forms:
  • Mi Zhi- honey fried is commonly used to tonify SP or raise Qi
    Special Notes:
  • Unprocessed Huang Qi has better actions to tonify wei qi, while honey fried Mi Zhi Huang Qi is more effective to treat imbalances of the interior (like SP, LU, and Yang deficiency)
  • For post-partum w/ early stage of common cold combine Dang Gui with Huang Qi.
  • A small dosage of Huang Qi lifts yang, while a large dosage promotes urination.


Special Notes: Huang Qi is not to be confused with Huang Qin (The Yellow Kin)
 
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