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Shen Calming Herbs Category Description:

Medicinal substances that tranquilize and calm the mind and emotions and are used to address imbalances of the shen (spirit) and emotions. These herbs are divided into two sub-categories: Sedative herbs that treat excess-type shen disturbance, and Nourishing herbs that calm deficient type shen disturbance

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Shen Calming Herbs

Sedative Herbs that Calm the Shen

 

Sub-category Description:

Most of these are minerals and shells whose heavy nature is said to sedate and calm the shen, thus they are more suitable for excess-type shen disturbances

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Shen Calming Herbs

Nourishing Herbs that Calm the Shen

 

Sub-category Description:

Most of these are plant parts with nourishing and tonifying properties, and are most effective for deficient type shen disturbances

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Zhu Sha / Cinnabaris

 

Temperature:

 

Properties:

Zhu Sha / Cinnabaris

 

Temperature: Cold

 

Properties: Sweet, Toxic

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Zhu Sha / Cinnabaris

 

Functions:

1. Heavily sedates the Heart and calms the spirit; treats palpitation and insomnia due to various factors

 

2. Clears heat and relieves toxicity; topically used to address skin sores, carbuncles, sore throat, ulceration of mouth and tongue due to toxic heat

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Zhu Sha / Cinnabaris

 

Channels:

Zhu Sha / Cinnabaris

 

Channels: Heart

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Zhu Sha / Cinnabaris

 

Special Characteristics:

Do not heat to prevent mercury poisoning. Blow into mouth to treat throat.

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Hu Po / Succinum

 

Temperature:

 

Properties:

Hu Po / Succinum

 

Temperature: Neutral

 

Properties: Sweet

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Hu Po / Succinum

 

Functions:

1. Heavily sedates startle and calms the shen; addresses tremors, convulsions, epilepsy, insomnia and frightened palpitation

 

2. Invigorates the blood and disperses blood stasis or blood stagnation such as from traumatic injury

 

3. Promotes urination and unblocks Lin

 

4. Reduces swelling and promotes healing; used to treat sores, carbuncles, and ulcers of the skin

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Hu Po / Succinum

 

Channels:

Hu Po / Succinum

 

Channels: Heart. Liver, Urinary Bladder

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Suan Zao Ren / Semen Ziziphi Sinosae

 

Temperature:

 

Properties:

Suan Zao Ren / Semen Ziziphi Sinosae

 

Temperature: Neutral

 

Properties: Sweet, Sour

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Suan Zao Ren / Semen Ziziphi Sinosae

 

Functions:

1. Nourishes the Heart, augments the Liver, and clams the spirit; addresses palpitation and insomnia due to Yin and blood deficiency.

 

2. Inhibits sweating: constitutional deficiency that leads to spontaneous sweating and night sweats

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Suan Zao Ren / Semen Ziziphi Sinosae

 

Channels:

Suan Zao Ren / Semen Ziziphi Sinosae

 

Channels: Heart, Liver, Gallbladder, Spleen

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Suan Zao Ren / Semen Ziziphi Sinosae

 

Special Characteristics:

Nourishes the Heart Yin and Liver blood

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Bai Zi Ren / Semen Platycladi

 

Temperature:

 

Properties:

Bai Zi Ren / Semen Platycladi

 

Temperature: Neutral

 

Properties: Sweet

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Bai Zi Ren / Semen Platycladi

 

Functions:

1. Nourishes the Heart and calms the spirit; addresses irritability, insomnia, poor memory, and frightening palpitations

 

2. Moistens the intestines and unblocks the bowels; treats constipation due to Yin and blood deficiency, or in senile people or postpartum women

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Bai Zi Ren / Semen Platycladi

 

Channels:

Bai Zi Ren / Semen Platycladi

 

Channels: Heart, Kidney, Large Intestine, Spleen

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Bai Zi Ren / Semen Platycladi

 

Special Characteristics:

Nourishes the yin and enriches the blood

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Yuan Zhi / Radix Polygalae

 

Temperature:

 

Properties:

Yuan Zhi / Radix Polygalae

 

Temperature: Slightly Warm

 

Properties: Acrid, Bitter

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Yuan Zhi / Radix Polygalae

 

Functions:

1. Quiets the Heart and calms the spirit; treats palpitation, startle, insomnia, and poor memory

 

2. Expels phlegm and opens the orifices

 

3. Dissipates abscesses and swelling; used to treat boils, sores, carbuncles, swollen and painful breasts

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Yuan Zhi / Radix Polygalae

 

Channels:

Yuan Zhi / Radix Polygalae

 

Channels: Heart, Lung

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Yuan Zhi / Radix Polygalae

 

Special Characteristics:

Increases production from mucus membrane, making phlegm thinner

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Ye Jiao Teng / Caulis Polygoni Multiflori

 

Temperature:

 

Properties:

Ye Jiao Teng / Caulis Polygoni Multiflori

 

Temperature: Neutral

 

Properties: Sweet, Slightly Bitter

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Ye Jiao Teng / Caulis Polygoni Multiflori

 

Functions:

1. Nourishes the Heart and calms the spirit; addresses irritability, excessive dreams, and easy to frighten due to Yin and blood deficiency

 

2. Nourishes the blood and unblocks the channels

 

3. Expels wind and alleviated itching

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Ye Jiao Teng / Caulis Polygoni Multiflori

 

Channels:

Ye Jiao Teng / Caulis Polygoni Multiflori

 

Channels: Heart, Liver

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Ye Jiao Teng / Caulis Polygoni Multiflori

 

Special Characteristics:

Can decrease blood fat; prevent fatty liver. Can help change the HDL/LDL ratio

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He Huan Pi / Cortex Albiziae

 

Temperature:

 

Properties:

He Huan Pi / Cortex Albiziae

 

Temperature: Neutral

 

Properties: Sweet

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He Huan Pi / Cortex Albiziae

 

Functions:

1. Calms the spirit and relieves constraint; treats depression, irritability, and insomnia

 

2. Invigorates the blood; used with traumatic injury and fracture with pain

 

3. Dissipates abscesses

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He Huan Pi / Cortex Albiziae

 

Channels:

He Huan Pi / Cortex Albiziae

 

Channels: Heart, Liver

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He Huan Pi / Cortex Albiziae

 

Special Characteristics:

More effective for palpitation, insomnia, and shen disturbance

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He Huan / Hua Flos Albiziae

 

Temperature:

 

Properties:

He Huan / Hua Flos Albiziae

 

Temperature: Neutral

 

Properties: Sweet

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He Huan / Hua Flos Albiziae

 

Function:

1. Calms the spirit and relieves constraint; used to treat depression and insomnia, it can nourish the Heart, relieve constraint, and calm the spirit

 

2. Regulates the Qi and whet the appetite; addresses Heart and Spleen Qi constraint marked by stifling sensation in the chest and reduced appetite

 

3. Invigorates the blood and alleviates the pain; soreness of lower back and legs, and traumatic injury with pain due to Qi and blood stagnation

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He Huan / Hua Flos Albiziae

 

Channels:

He Huan / Hua Flos Albiziae

 

Channels: Liver

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He Huan / Hua Flos Albiziae

 

Special Characteristics:

More effective at treating the liver

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He Huan Hua

 

Pharmaceutical Name:

 

English Name:

 

Literal Translation:

He Huan Hua

 

Pharmaceutical Name: Flos Albiziae

 

English Name: Albizzia Flower

 

Literal Translation: Collective Happiness Flower

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He Huan Pi

 

Pharmaceutical Name:

 

English Name:

 

Literal Translation:

He Huan Pi

 

Pharmaceutical Name: Cortex Albiziae

 

English Name: Albizzia Bark

 

Literal Translation: Collective Happiness Bark

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Ye Jiao Teng

 

Pharmaceutical Name:

 

English Name:

 

Literal Translation:

Ye Jiao Teng

 

Pharmaceutical Name: Caulis Polygoni Multiflori

 

English Name: Fleeceflower Vine

 

Literal Translation: Vine of the Night

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Yuan Zhi

 

Pharmaceutical Name:

 

English Name:

 

Literal Translation:

Yuan Zhi

 

Pharmaceutical Name: Radix Polygalae

 

English Name: Chinese Senega

 

Literal Translation: Promising Will

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Bai Zi Ren

 

Pharmaceutical Name:

 

English Name:

 

Literal Translation:

Bai Zi Ren

 

Pharmaceutical Name: Semen Platycladi

 

English Name: Arborvitae Seed

 

Literal Translation: Cypress Seeds Kernel

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Suan Zao Ren

 

Pharmaceutical Name:

 

English Name:

 

Literal Translation:

Suan Zao Ren

 

Pharmaceutical Name: Semen Ziziphi Sinosae

 

English Name: Spiny Date Seed

 

Literal Translation: Sour Date Seeds

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Hu Po

 

Pharmaceutical Name:

 

English Name:

 

Literal Translation:

Hu Po

 

Pharmaceutical Name: Succinum

 

English Name: Amber

 

Literal Translation: Amber

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Zhu Sha

 

Pharmaceutical Name:

 

English Name:

 

Literal Translation:

Zhu Sha

 

Pharmaceutical Name: Cinnabaris

 

English Name: Cinnabar

 

Literal Translation: Red Sand

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