Mang Xiao - Downward Draining: Purgatives
ST, LI (6-15g)

 


Mang Xiao - Mango Jelly

Mango Jelly is a soft form of x-lax that swells in the summer.

Always avoid Mang Xiao (and x-lax!) during pregnancy (cc: pregnancy) or menstruation (cc: during menstruation) or SP deficiency (cc: SP def) and (cc: long term use is not advised, watch for menstruation)


English Name: sodium sulfate, mirabilite, mirabilitum
Pharmacuetical Name: Natrii Sulfas
Properties: salty, bitter, cold

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
soft... xlax softens hardness; purges excess accumulations
swells in the summer clear heat; reduces swelling

 

      Mang Xiao Actions and Indications
  • Strongly purges excess accumulations; softens hardness (heat in ST and/or Large Intestine w/ constipation and dry hard stool)
  • Clears heat; reduces swelling (nodules, lumps, abcesses characterized by heat and toxins. Also used to stop lactation; hard lesions; red, swollen, painful eyes; painful, swollen ulcerated mouth or throat; red swollen skin lesions; used to stop lactation or for early stage breast abcess: topical or internal use. Also for warm febrile disease, excess heat in LU and ST with high fever, thirst, delirium, constipation)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: during menses, lactation caution: for postpartum)
  • (cc: SP deficiency)
  • (cc: long term use not advised, watch for dehydration)
    Alternate Forms:
  • Mang Xiao - processed and purified, best or purgative
  • Pu Xiao / Pi Xiao - before purification, for external use only - antagonistic with liu huang
  • Xuan Ming Fen / Yuan Ming Fen - purer form of sodium sulfate without water: less purgative, better for topical use on mouth ulcers.
    Special Notes:
  • Often combined with Da Huang to strongly treat excess constipation due to heat. Both Da huang and Mang Xiao can cause intestinal cramping as they stimulate the movement of the intestines.

 
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