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Chinese Herbal Dictionary

Long Gu - Dragon Bone - O's Draconis

Long Gu English Name: Dragon Bone Pharmaceutical Name: Os Draconis Properties: Long Gu enters the Heart and Liver channels and is sweet and astringent in flavor; it is cool in temperature. What is Long Gu: Long Gu (literally “dragon bone”) is in actuality fossilized mammal bones (usually vertebrae and extremities) and is used medicinally in either raw or calcined (prepared) form. This herb has a variety of uses—in the context of this discussion, it shows up in the Dragon Bone and Oyster Shell Decoction formula in its raw form and is used to treat various forms of Shen disturbance (e.g....

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Yuan Zhi - Polygala (Milkwort Root) - Radix Polygalae

Yuan Zhi: English Name: Polygala, (Thin-Leaf or Siberian) milkwort root Pharmaceutical Name: Radix Polygalae Properties: Yuan Zhi enters the Lung and Heart channels; it is acrid and bitter in flavor and slightly warm in temperature What is Yuan Zhi?: This herb is the root of the thin-leaf milkwort plant (Polygala) that has a long history of use in Chinese medicine as a brain tonic. Its traditional use is to clear brain fog to aid concentration (see the formula Bu Nao Wan below); it is also used clinically to settle an anxious spirit (e.g. restlessness, anxiety, palpitations, and insomnia). TCM actions...

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Bai Zi Ren - Biota Seed - Semen Platycladi

Bai Zi Ren English Name: Biota Seed, Chinese Arborvitae Seed Pharmaceutical Name: Semen Platycladi Properties: Bai Zi Ren enters the Heart, Kidney, and Large Intestine channels; it is sweet in flavor and neutral in temperature What is Bai Zi Ren?: Bai Zi Ren (aka Biota Seed) is the seed of the Chinese Arborvitae, an evergreen, coniferous tree native to Northwest China that is widely cultivated as an ornamental and has long been associated with long life and vitality. Its seeds are used medicinally in Chinese Medicine to address insomnia that is caused by Blood deficiency (e.g. in post-partum/insomnia associated with...

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Suan Zao Ren - Sour Jujube Seed - Semen Ziziphi Spinosae

Suan Zao Ren - Sour Jujube Seed - Semen Ziziphi Spinosae

CALM SHEN Suan Zao Ren: English Name: sour jujube seed, zizyphus Pharmaceutical Name: Semen Ziziphi Spinosae Properties: Suan Zao Ren enters the Heart and Liver channels. It is sweet and sour in nature and neutral in temperature. What is Suan Zao Ren?: Suan Zao Ren (literally “sour date seed”) is the seed of the sour jujube date. It is commonly used in Chinese herbal formulas to address insomnia coupled with anxiety and nervousness, heart palpitations (i.e. feeling the heart flutter in one’s chest), and/or irritability, doing so by nourishing the Heart and Liver. This gives these two organ systems more...

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