Shi Hu - Tonify Yin
ST, KD (6-15g)

 
Shi Hu: The She-Wolf
The She Wolf loved to nourish ST yin by eating rabbits that made her salivate every summer . Every time she saw a rabbit her eyes brightened and she pounced on the lower back of the unsuspecting victims.

Summer was great, but if she-wolf wasn't careful to stockpile some food the winter would bring (cc: deficient cold of SP/ST with appetite loss and diarrhea). One time she got a fever from eating a young feverish rabbit, so she decided not to do that again (cc: do not eat in early stage of febrile disease)

English Name: dendrobium, dendrobium stem
Pharmacuetical Name: Herba Dendrobii
Properties: sweet, cool

   Explanation of Key Words in this story...
nourish ST yin... made her salivate... summer nourishes ST yin; ; generates fluids; clears heat
eyes brightened... lower back birghtens eyes; strengthens lower back

 

      Shi Hu Actions and Indications
  • Nourishes ST yin; generates fluid; clears heat (stomach ache, dry heaves, shiny tongue with little coat; xiao ke, dry mouth, thirst, febrile disorders with injured yin / fluids)
  • Brightens eyes; strengthens lower back (blurry vision, night blindness; dizziness due to yin deficiency; weakness of low back and knees)
  • (cc: deficiency cold of SP and ST)
  • (cc: do not use in early stage of febrile disease)
    Special Notes:
  • Compare to Yu Zhu, Shi Hu is stronger to generate body fluids and relieve thirst while Yu Zhu is milder and does not create stagnation like other tonics.

 
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