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Shui Zhi (Leech)

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Neutral Shui Zhi (Hirudo seu Whitmania)
Channels:
LIV, BL
Properties:
Salty, Bitter, Neutral, Slightly Toxic
Latin:
Hirudo seu Whitmania
Chinese:
水蛭
Tone Marks:
shuĭ zhì
Translation:
Leech

Actions

  • Breaks Blood Stasis, Reduces Fixed Masses
    Strongly breaks blood stagnation associated with amenorrhea, fixed abdominal masses, traumatic injury.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use during pregnancy. This herb has been shown to cause teratogenic (birth defects) effects.

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • Shui Zhi may interfere with Anti-Coagulating drugs.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • This herb is considered toxic (while some Chinese herbs are toxic, it must be noted that many come prepared, or are combined, to mitigate their toxicity).

Dosage

  • 3-6 grams in decoction, 0.3-0.6 grams in powders and pills (Bensky)
  • Same as above (Chen)

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: