Chinese Herb: Shui Zhi (Leech), Hirudo seu Whitmania
Herb 16 of 34 in Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Remove Stagnation
Salty, Bitter, Neutral, Slightly Toxic
Hirudo seu Whitmania
Chinese Herb Actions
Breaks Blood Stasis, Reduces Fixed Masses
Strongly breaks blood stagnation associated with amenorrhea, fixed abdominal masses, traumatic injury.
Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions
- Do not use during pregnancy. This herb has been shown to cause teratogenic (birth defects) effects.
- Shui Zhi may interfere with Anti-Coagulating drugs.
Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose
- Overdose symptoms occur 1-4 hours after ingestion. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, metrorrhagia, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, severe abdominal pain, hematuria, and coma.
- 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)
Chinese Herb 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:
Da Huang Zhe Chong Wan (Rhubarb and Eupolyphaga Pill)
Formulas that Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis