Ze Qi (Euphorbia)

Ze Qi (Euphorbia)

Herb 16 of 19 in Herbs that Cool and Transform Phlegm-Heat

Cool Ze Qi (Euphorbiae Helioscopiae)
Spicy, Bitter, Cool, Slightly Toxic
Euphorbiae Helioscopiae
Tone Marks:
zé qī
Marsh Lacquer
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Transforms Phlegm, Stops Cough and Wheeze
    For cough and wheezing with profuse sputum associated with acute bronchitis. For cough and wheezing with thin mucous or used alone for chronic bronchitis.
  • Disperses Nodules and Dissolves Phlegm
    For scrofula, nodules and hardening due to hardening of Phlegm
  • Reduces Edema, Promotes Urination, Promotes Water Circulation
    For edema of the upper abdomen, face, eyes, and extremities. Strongly treats Water Stagnation

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Use with caution during pregnancy
  • Use with caution in cases with Cold and Deficiency of the Spleen and Stomach

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • Initial symptoms of toxic overdose or long term use are epigastric discomfort and pain. Severe cases include severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, restlessness, dehydration, and shock.
  • Topical application can lead to inflammation, edema, pain, and ulcers of the skin.
  • 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

  • 5-10 grams in decoction (Chen)
  • 5-10 grams in decoction (Bensky)

References Used

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