Calendula (Pot Marigold) (Calendula officinalis)
Use for: skin care; soothing inflammation, controlling bleeding and healing damaged tissue and in cases where the skin is broken; improve digestion; stimulates bile; gastric ulcers; regulating menstrual disorders; hepatitis; colitis; PID; swollen glands; Externally: eczema; conjunctivitis, yeast infections, herpes; gingivitis; ringworm; athlete’s foot; varicose veins; diaper rash;
German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
Cautions: Use sparingly in cases with hypertension. Pregnancy: Should be used cautiously if used on its own internally during pregnancy as it is a uterine stimulant. The essential oil is contraindicated during this time.
Cleavers Herb (Gallium aperine)
Works on: liver, bladder, prostate, blood, fluids, lymph, skin Kidney, Bladder meridian
Caution in preparation: Do not boil or decoct as this destroys much of its biological activity. Use instead fresh juice, infusion (tea) and tincture.
Cramp Bark (Vibernum opulus)
Works on: uterus, heart, lungs, neuromuscular system; Liver heart, Lung, Bladder, chong, ren meridians Cautions: None
Elder Flower/Fruit (Sambucus nigra, S. canadensis L.)
Works on: lungs, skin, kidneys, bladder; Lung, Spleen, Bladder meridians
Fennel Seed (Foeniculum vulgare), Xiao Hui Xiang (Mand.), Sui Wui Heung (Cant)
Works on: bladder, kidney, stomach, intestines, lungs, uterus Kidney, Bladder, Spleen
Cautions: Avoid during pregnancy
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
Cautions: Avoid continuous or long-term use of this medium-strength herb if taken alone in high doses. Use Feverfew in formulas or intermittently. The fresh plant may cause allergic skin rashes in some people. Avoid during pregnancy
Works on: muscles, nerves, uterus and genitals, lungs; Liver, Spleen, Lung meridians
Ginger Rhizome (Zingiberis officinale Roscoe)
Works on: GI, Respiratory, Reproductive, Muscular-Skeletal, Cardiac
Gumweed Herb (Grindelia supp.)
Cautions: Can irritate kidney. Do not exceed dosage. Use in mixtures. Medium with moderate chronic toxicity Works on: lungs, heart, arterial circulation, skin Lung, Heart meridian
Horsetail/Shavegrass (Equisetum arvense)
Use for: high fever, bladder problems, incontinence, conjunctivitis, menstrual clots, tumors, skeletal strengthening, – high silica content, bedwetting, bursitis, tendonitis, edema, stones/calcium deposits, osteoporosis, hair/skin/nail maintenance, prostate problems.
Cautions: May have sedative or anticonvulsant effect. Take care in cases of pregnancy, kidney stones, heart conditions, or taking medication for high blood pressure.
Hyssop Herb (Hyssopus officinalis L.)
Cautions: Do not exceed dosage/ contraindicated for those prone to epileptic seizures Avoid during pregnancy
Works on: lungs, intestines, circulation, uterus, kidneys Lung, Spleen, Large. Intestine meridians
Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum)
Use for: Infections with high fevers, conjunctivitis, sunstroke, dermatitis, bone/breast/lymphatic cancer, mouth ulcers
Cautions: use with care during pregnancy.
Lavender Flower (Lavendula augustifolia, Lavendula officinalis)
Cautions: Avoid during pregnancy until 2- 3 weeks before delivery to stimulate uterus
Works on: brain, nerve, heart, lungs, liver, gallbladder, uterus, bladder, skin Chinese Heart, Tericadium, Liver, Lung, Spleen, Kidney
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza Glabra l.)
Caution: Do not use concurrently with diuretics and laxatives, digitalis, Potassium-depleting drugs. Potentiates Prednisone. Caution also with elderly/others with cardiac or renal disease, edema, CHF
Works on: Digestive, Respiratory, Endocrine, Reproductive systems
Use for: irritated tissue, especially mucous; mild immune system stimulant; lung congestion; sore throats with dry cough
Caution: may reduce the actions of other drugs taken at the same time
Melissa Leaf/Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis L.)
Cautions: Pregnancy: use caution due to mild uterine stimulant effect
Works on: Heart, uterus, brain, stomach, intestines, nerves Heart, Pericardium, Triple Heater
Milky Oat Berry/Oat Grass (Avena sativa)
Works on: brain, nerves, reproductive organs Spleen, Kidney, Liver, Heart
Mullien Leaf (Verbascum thapsus)
Cautions: Because Mullein has strong resolvent and resorbent properties “it should not be used in cancers and any other swelling where it would be injurious to have a deposit absorbed” (H. Diers Rau, 1968).
Works on: Moistens and cools the lungs, soothes the throat and relieves coughing; Promotes expectoration and resolves viscous phlegm; promotes rest; Descends Lung Qi, opens the chest and relieves wheezing; reduces allergy
Myrrh Resin (Commiphora myrrha L.)
Essential oil Cautions: Avoid during pregnancy
Works on: arterial circulation, lungs, intestines, uterus, urinary organs Spleen, Lung, Liver
Nettle (Stinging Nettle) (Urtica Dioica L.)
Cautions: Strength: mild but considered a Medium strength hemostatic
Works on: Reproductive, Immune, Muscular, Respiratory systems
Osha Root (Legusticum porteri)
Cautions: Avoid during pregnancy Contraindicated in Yin or Blood Deficiency
Works on: Lungs, stomach, intestines, uterus, kidney, skin Lung, Stomach, Spleen meridians
Peppermint Leaf (Mentha x piperita l.)
Use for: morning sickness, nausea, spastic GI tract, gallbladder, bile ducts, dyspepsia, intestinal colic, flatulence, gastritis, and enteritis; indigestion, cramping, IBS, stomach ulcers; stimulant for mind and emotions. Use externally for sinusitis, Upper Res Tract infections, neuralgia, ringworm, burns, and as insect repellent.
Cautions: Medium strength herb with mild chronic toxicity. Avoid long term use due to high tannin content. Do not boil a peppermint tea.
Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus L., R. trigosus)
Works on: uterus, stomach, intestines, lungs; Chinese – Stomach Lung, Bladder, chong, ren, dai meridians
Rose Flower (Rosa x damascena)
Cautions: Avoid ingesting during pregnancy
Works on: Heart, reproductive organs, stomach, intestines, liver, blood; Warmth, Air Bodies; Heart, Liver, Gallbladder, Stomach, chong, ren meridians
Sandalwood (Santalum album L.)
Cautions: Forbidden in hot conditions arising from Yin deficiency
Works on: urogenital organs, venous and lymphatic circulation, intestines, heart, lungs; Large Intestine, Heart, Lung meridians
Skullcap Herb (Scutellaria spp.)
Cautions: Avoid during pregnancy
Works on: heart, kidneys, urogenital organs, autonomic and central nervous system, brain and spine; Heart, Kidney, Liver meridians
Selfheal Spike (Prunella vulgaris L.)
Cautions: Avoid using with digestive deficiency present
Works on: liver, stomach, blood; Liver, Heart, Stomach meridians
Spilanthes (Acmella olweacea) “Toothache Plant”
Cautions: None known to date, but it is a purgative, so eating too much will cause vomiting
Vervain Herb (Verbena officinalis L)
Cautions: large doses can cause vomiting Pregnancy: Use only during or after labor
Works on: lungs, liver, kidneys, stomach, intestines, uterus, skin, nerves, immune system; Air, Warmth Body; Lung, Liver, Kidney, Bladder, chong, ren meridians
White Willow Bark (Salix alba)
Cautions: Overdosing may cause internal bleeding and excitability. Pregnancy: Use with care.
Works on: urogenital organs, liver, stomach; Bladder, Kidney, Heart, Stomach meridians
Chinese Herb Garden
Angelica Dang Gui (Angelica Sinensis) Dong Quai Root
Cautions: Pregnancy: Not over 5 g per day as it is a uterine stimulant. Contraindicated for Yin deficiency syndromes with empty heat. Use cautiously in diarrhea or abdominal distension caused by intestinal mucous damp.
Works on: reproductive, cardiovascular, digestive, nervous, endocrine systems; Liver, Spleen, Heart, Chong, Yin Wei, Ren, Yin Qiao channels; Fluid, Warmth, Air bodies
Atractylodes Bai Zhu (Atractylodis Macrocephalae) White Atractylodes Root
Cautions: Forbidden in Yin deficiency conditions with deficiency heat signs.
Works on: digestive, hepatic (liver), urinary, glandular systems; Spleen, Stomach channels; Fluid, Air bodies
Cang Er Zi (Xanthium sibiricum)
Cautions: Forbidden in rheumatic and other painful wind damp conditions due to Blood (metabolic) deficiency. An overdose or continuous long term usage of this medium-strength remedy may result in nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, low blood pressure and liver dysfunction.
Works on: upper respiratory, musculoskeletal systems, pancreas; Lung, Liver channels
Chai Hu (Bupleurum chinense)
Cautions: Contraindicated in rising Liver Yang causing dizziness, tinnitus or headache or in Yin and Fluids Deficiency, casing symptoms of dryness. DO NOT USE ON ITS OWN CONTINUOUSLY! Medium strength remedy with moderate chronic toxicity
Works on: nervous, cardiovascular, digestive, reproductive, respiratory systems Liver, Gallbladder, Pericardium – Chinese
Chuan Xiong (Ligusticum wallichii)
Cautions: No large doses when there is bleeding Pregnancy: Use with care. Avoid before childbirth.
Works on: Cardiovascular, reproductive, nervous, digestive systems Pericardium, Liver, Gallbladder
Citrus Chen Pi (high) (Citrus Reticulatae Blanco)
Cautions: Do not use in dry coughs due to Yin or Qi deficiency. Also use cautiously for coughing from acute bronchitis (phlegm heat) or dry heat in the lungs, and in cases of spitting up of blood.
Works on: digestive repiratory, cardiovascular systems; Spleen, Somach, Lung channels; Air body
Citrus Zhi Ke (Citrus aurantium L – Rutaecae)
Works on: digestive system Spleen, Stomach channels
Dan Shen (Salvia miltiorrhiza)
Cautions: Large doses should not be used when there is bleeding. Avoid before and after surgery. Pregnancy: Use with care. Avoid before childbirth.
Works on: cardiovascular, reproductive, hepatic, nervous systems; Liver, Heart, Pericardium, Chong, Yin Wei channels
Dang Shen (Codonopsis pilosula)
Works on: digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, immune system Spleen, Lung
Fu Ling (Poria cocos)
Cautions: Forbidden in copious, frequent urination resulting from cold deficiency, and in prolapse.
Works on: urinary, digestive systems; Bladder, Spleen, Stomach, Heart, Lung channels
Glycyrrhiza Gan Cao (Glycyrrhiza uralinsis Fischer ex De Candolle) (Zhi Gan Cao Preparata)
Cautions: Contraindicated in nausea or vomiting due to intestines (Spleen) mucous damp, excess adrenal conditions such as hypertension and edema, hyperglycemic conditions, osteoporosis, and with excess secretions present generally.
Works on: endocrine, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, circulatory systems; Spleen, Lung, Yang Wei (all 12 ) channels; Air, Warmth bodies
He Shou Wu (Polygonum multiflorum)
Cautions: Use cautiously with diarrhea present
Works on: neuromuscular, reproductive, vascular, lymphatic, digestive systems; Liver, Heart, Kidney, Du, Dai channels
Jie Geng (Platycodon grandiflorum)
Cautions: Contraindicated in coughing up of blood or hard dry sputum and in lung TB. Never inject. Similar to ginseng (active ingredients)
Works on: respiratory, glandular systems; Lung, Stomach channels
Jin Yin Hua (Lonicea japonica)
Cautions:Forbidden in diarrhea due to cold deficiency of intestines, in sores with clear exudates due to low immunity; in chronic cold ulcers Pregnancy: AVOID
Works on:Respiratory, digestive, lymphatic, systems Heart, Spleen, Lung, Stomach, Large Intestine
Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
Cautions: Deficient Qi, diarrhea
Works on: respiration, cardiovascular, nervous symptoms, eyes ; Lung, Liver
Lian Qiao (Forsythia suspensa)
Cautions: Forbidden in diarrhea due to deficient cold of intestines, in sores with clear exudates due to low immunity, and in carbuncles already ulcerated
Works on: respiratory, urinary, lymphatic, epidermal systems Heart, Liver, Gallbladder, Lung, Triple Warmer channels
Mai Men Dong (Ophiopogon japonicus)
Cautions:Being sweet, cool and moist by nature, this remedy should not be used for cough of the lung cold variety nor in digestive weakness with diarrhea (Damp Stagnation).
Works on: respiratory, digestive, nervous systems; Kidney, Lung, Heart, Stomach channels
Paeonia Bai Shao Yao (Paeonia lactiflora Pall.) White Peony Root
Cautions: Use cautiously in diarrhea from deficiency cold
Works on: reproductive, nervous, digestive systems; Liver, Spleen, Lung, Chong, Dai, Yang Wei channels
Shu Di Huang (Rehmannia glutinosa)
Cautions: Overuse may cause loose stool and abdominal bloating (possibly due to inhibited absorption in the colon). This remedy should be used with care in digestive deficiency, Qi stagnation and catarrhal conditions with mucus or phlegm caused by its oily, moist qualities.
Works on: digestive, cardiovascular, endocrine, reproductive systems; Liver, Heart, Kidney channels
Wu Wei Zi Schisandra Berry (Schisandra chinensis)
Cautions: Forbidden in the early stages of cough or rashes, in full heat conditions, Pregnancy: Avoid
Works on: neuroendocrine, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, reproductive; Lung, Stomach, Heart, Kidney, Du, Yang Qiao, Chong, Dai Yang Wei
Xin Yi Hua (Magnolia liliflora)
Cautions: Prolonged use or overdosing of Yulan Magnolia bud may cause some dizziness or eye inflammation. Pregnancy: use cautiously and only as part of larger formula – uterine stimulant
Works on: Upper respiratory, vascular, immune systems Lung, Stomach
Zhe Bei Mu (Fritillaria thunbergil)
Cautions: Contraindicated in gastric deficiency Pregnancy: Avoid
Works on:respiratory, lymphatic systems Lung, Triple Heater, Liver, Stomach channels
Zhi Mu (Anemarrhena asphodeloides)
Cautions:Do not use with loose stools due to digestive deficiency because of its oily, cold demulcent quality.
Works on: respiratory, digestive, urogenital, endocrine systems: Lung, Stomach, Kidney