Da Huang (Rhubarb Root and Rhizome)

Da Huang (Rhubarb Root and Rhizome)

Herb 1 of 7 in Purgatives

Cold Da Huang (Radix Et Rhizoma Rhei)
Channels:
HT, LI, LIV, ST
Properties:
Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Radix Et Rhizoma Rhei
Chinese:
大簧
Tone Marks:
dà huáng
Translation:
Big Yellow
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Drains Heat and Purges Excess
    For Yang Ming organ stage or intestinal heat excess with very high fever, constipation and abdominal fullness.
  • Reduces Damp-Heat
    For draining Damp-Heat thru the stool in cases of Damp-Heat jaundice or acute dysentery.
  • Reduces Blood Level Heat
    For Bloody stool from hemorrhoids or heat in the intestines. Also for epistaxis or hematemesis from reckless movement of hot Blood.
  • Invigorates the Blood and Removes Stagnation
    For dysmenorrhea or amenorrhea, fixed abdominal masses, tumors, or pain from Blood stagnation. Also for Blood stagnation in the intestines and intestinal abscesses.
  • Clears Blood Level Heat
    For fever, swollen eyes, or Fire Toxins both internally and externally in the Blood or on the skin, such as burns and skin lesions.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Do not use during menstruation, pregnancy, post-partum or during lactation.
  • Also contraindicated in exterior syndromes, cold from deficiency of the spleen and stomach, or in cases of qi and blood deficiency.

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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 3-12 grams. Use raw as a purgative, or cook for less than 10 minutes.

Chinese Herb Notes

  • Use in wine or vinegar to increase the blood invigorating properties, charred to stop bleeding, and as a powder or wash when used externally.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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