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SUBSTANCES THAT CALM THE SPIRIT

What are some Shen disorders? How does it manifest?

insomnia, anxiety, restlessness

Causes:
1) fright, shock, sudden anxiety, jitteriness
2) overwork => def nutritive qi/bld => def HT/LV => deprives Shen/Hun of place where it can peacefully reside

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Herbs that anchor, settle and calm the spirit tend to be what kinds of substances?

They settle ascending Yang of what 2 organs?

heavy (minerals, shells, bones)

HT/LV

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SUBSTANCES THAT ANCHOR, SETTLE & CALM THE SPIRIT

Can they be used long term?

No. They can injure St Qi with long-term use.

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LONG GU

Latin

Fossilia Ossis Mastodi

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LONG GU

Category

Substances that Anchor, Settle, and Calm the Spirit

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LONG GU

Channels

HT, LV, KD

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LONG GU

Properties

Sweet, Astringent, Neutral

(astringent bc bones are porous)

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LONG GU

contraindications

Damp heat: don't want to secure/weigh down or in

EPF excess

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LONG GU

Key Characteristics

Calms w/ heaviness (like a hug)

Binds with astringency

Secures normal Qi (zheng/normal qi)

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LONG GU

Settles anxiety and calms spirit

for emotional distress, restlessness, insomnia, palpitations w/ anxiety, or even seizures or w/drawal-mania d/t agitated HT & Spirit

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LONG GU

Calms LV & anchors/preserves floating Yang

for irritability, restlessness, dizzy, vertigo, blurred vision, & bad temper

d/t LV Yin def w/ def Yang rising

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LONG GU

Prevents leakage of fluids

for FLUID LOSS d/t DEF:
spermatorrhea, nightsweat, spont swetaing, nocturnal emission, vaginal discharge, uterine bleeding

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LONG GU

Used topically (calcined & powdered) for chronic, non-healing sores & ulcers

Often used as Dui Yao w/ DANG GUI to generate flesh & heal

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LONG GU

What kind of bone is used?

Any bone that has been buried for at least 50 YEARS (deer, oxen, elephant)

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LONG GU

Preparation requirements

crushed and cook for at least 30 min

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Herbs that NOURISH HT to CALM SPIRIT tend to be what property?

sweet & moistening

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HERBS THAT NOURISH THE HT TO CALM THE SPIRIT

They nourish the Blood of what 2 organs?

HT, LV

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HERBS THAT NOURISH THE HT TO CALM THE SPIRIT

Compared to herbs that anchor & settle, can herbs that nourish to calm spirit be used long term?

Yes bc they mild w/ few side effects

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SUAN ZAO REN

Latin

Ziziphhi Spinosae Semen

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SUAN ZAO REN

Category

Herbs that Nourish the HT & Calm the Spirit

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SUAN ZAO REN

Channels

GB, HT, LV, SP

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SUAN ZAO REN

properties

sweet, sour, neutral

(sour pulls spirit back in)

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SUAN ZAO REN

caution & contraindications

CAUTION:
- severe diarrhea (bc it's a seed & moistens intestines)
- heat from excess

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SUAN ZAO REN

Key Characteristics

Nourish HT yin & LV blood

Promote sleep

Inhibit sweating

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SUAN ZAO REN

Nourishes HT yin
Augments LV blood
Quiets spirit

for irritability, insomnia, & palpitations w/ anxiety d/t either:
- blood def (can't nourish HT)
- yin def (w. upward flaring Fire)

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SUAN ZAO REN

Prevents abnormal sweating

For both spontaneous sweating & night sweats

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Main formula for insomnia

Suan Zao Ren Tang

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Suan Zao Ren Tang

Action:

- nourish blood
- calm spirit
- clear heat
- eliminates irritability

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Suan Zao Ren Tang

Diagnosis:

LV blood def w/ constraint & internal Fire

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Suan Zao Ren Tang

Indications

irritability, insomnia, palpitations, night sweat, dizzy, vertigo, dry throat & mouth

T: Dry
P: wiry or thin & rapid

also: Trigeminal neuralgia & migraine