The herbs written in this chapter are predominantly used for wind dampness effecting the muscles, sinews, joints and bones creating painful obstructions within the channels. When the superficial ‘evils’ enter the meridians causing pain it is called “Bi” syndrome. There are 4 different types of Bi syndrome which need to be treated differently. Wind Bi (Xing Bi) is usually a moving pain which can move from joint to joint or area to area. Cold Bi (Tong Bi) will have severe cold pain which will be in a fixed location that is aggravated by any type of cold and possibly alleviated by heat. Damp Bi (Zhou Bi) will have a damp nature showing its symptoms of fixed pain with swelling and numbness of the skin and muscles. Hot Bi (Re Bi) will have burning pain in a fixed area which will be aggravated by cold and possibly accompanied by fever, thirst and a rapid pulse.
Properties: BITTER, PUNGENT – WARM
Dosage: 3 – 9g.
Angelica Meridian: KIDNEY, BLADDER
-dispel wind-cold-damp , relieve pain, release exterior, lower part of body
-lesser Yin head ache and tooth ache
-itchy skin due to wind – damp.
* Do not use for excess or deficient heat syndromes.
Properties: BITTER, PUNGENT – COOL
Dosage: 4.5 – 12g.
Gentiana Meridian: GALLBLADDER, LIVER, STOMACH
Macrophylla Root -dispel wind-cold/hot-Damp, soothes sinews (muscle cramping) in extremities
-clears deficient heat
-paralysis caused by stroke
Wei Ling Xian
Properties: PUNGENT, SALTY – WARM
Dosage: 6 – 12g. (FISH BONE 15 – 30g.)
-dispel wind-damp and unblocks channels, relieves pain
-fish bone lodged in throat
Hai Tong Pi
Properties: BITTER, PUNGENT – NEURTRAL
Dosage: 6 – 15g.
Meridian: LIVER, SPLEEN, KIDNEY
Bark -dispel wind-cold/hot-Damp, unblocks channels
-promote urination , reduce edema
-itchy skin – lesions, scabies
Properties: SOUR – WARMDosage: 4.5 – 12g.
Quince Meridian: LIVER, SPLEEN
Fruit -relax sinews and muscles – dispel cold-Bi, calf cramps
-harmonize stomach, reduce food stagnation
Properties: BITTER, SWEET – COOL
Dosage: 10 – 30g.
-dispel wind-heat -Bi, upper extremities, benefits joints
-damp-heat, reduce edema.
Wu Jia Pi
Properties: PUNGENT, BITTER – WARM
Dosage: 4.5 – 15g.
Acanthopanax Meridian: KIDNEY, LIVER
-dispel wind-cold-damp, kidney deficiency. (motor function delays, elderly)
-transform damp, reduce edema
Xi Xian Cao
Properties: BITTER – COLD
Dosage: 6 – 15g.
Meridian: KIDNEY, LIVER
-dispel wind-heat-damp, strengthen sinews
-hot Bi, pain in extremities
-calm spirit, pacifies liver, detoxifies