Chinese medicinal herbs for promoting diuresis and resolving dampness
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This kind of herbs are mostly sweet and bland in flavor and have the actions of promoting the flow of water and relieving edema, inducing diuresis to treat stranguria, removing dampness and treating jaundice. They are indicated for dysuria, edema, stranguria, jaundice, and Bi-syndrome due to dampness, etc..

In multi-syndrome conditions such as a syndrome of the above accompanied by superficial syndrome, they should be combined with diaphoretics; with deficiency of spleen-yang and kidney-yang, combined with medicinal herbs that warm and invigorate the spleen and kidney; with stranguria caused by heat, combined with heat clearing herbs; with stranguria complicated by hematuria, combined with heat clearing and blood cooling medicinal herbs.

Fuling Poria

The source is from the sclerotium of Poria cocos (schw) Wolf, family Polyporaceae. The sclerotium mostly parasitizes on the root of Japanese red pine and Pinus massoniana Lamb., family Pinaceae. The medicinal material is mainly produced in the areas of Yunnan, Hubei, and Sichuan, etc., dug and collected from July to September, piled repeatedly, dried in the sun. The crude one is used.

Medicinal Properties  Sweet and bland in flavor, mild in nature, and attributive to the heart, spleen and kidney meridians.

Actions   Promote diuresis to resolve dampness from the lower energizer, invigorate the spleen and tranquilize the mind.

Application

It is used for edema and dysuria. For all kinds of edema; for that caused by hypofunction of bladder-qi, it is combined with Guizhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi), Zhuling ( Polyporus ) , Baizhu ( Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae), and Zexie (Rhizoma Alismatis), etc., such as Wuling San (Powder); for that with deficiency of qi, combined with Fangji (Radix Stephaniae Tetrandrae ), Huangqi (Radix Astragali); for that with yang-deficency of the spleen and kidney, combined with Fuzi (Radix Aconiti Praeparata ), Ganjiang ( Rhizoma Zingiberis ), etc., such as Zhenwu Tang (Decoction).

For all syndromes of spleen-deficiency, especially effective in spleen-deficiency with dampness, it is combined with Dangshen (Radix Codonopsis) and Baizhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae ), such as Sijunzi Tang (Decoction). For retention of fluid due to spleen-deficiency, combined with Guizhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi) and Baizhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae), etc., such as Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang (Decociton); for diarrhea due to spleen deficiency, combined with Shanyao (Rhizoma Dioscoreae ) , Baizhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae), and Yiyiren ( Semen Coicis), etc..

For deficiency of both the heart and spleen manifested as restlessness, palpitation and insomnia, it is usually combined with Huangqi (Radix Astragali), Danggui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis ) and Yuanzhi (Radix Polygalae), such as Guipi Tang (Decoction).

Usage and Dosage  10 - 15 g is used in decoction for oral use.

Zhuling  Polyporus

The source is from the sclerotium of Polyporus umbellatus (Pers) Fries, family Polyporaceae. The sclerotium mostly parasitizes on the rotten root of birch, Chinese sweet gum, etc.. The medicinal material is mainly produced in the areas of Shaanxi, Hebei, and Yunnan, etc., dug and collected in spring and autumn, dried in the sun, cut into pieces and the crude one is used.

Medicinal Properties  Sweet and bland in flavor, mild in nature and attributive to the kidney and bladder meridians.

Actions  Promote diuresis to resolve dampness.

Application

The herb is used for dysuria, edema, diarrhea, and turbid stranguria, etc.. Its action of promoting diuresis is stronger than that of Fuling (Poria), but it has no action of invigorating the spleen. Therefore, to treat edema syndrome due to spleen-deficiency, it must be combined with Fuling ( Poria ), Baizhu ( Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae ), and Zexie ( Rhizoma Alismatis ), etc., such as Siling San (Powder). For dysuria due to yin-deficiency, combined with Zexie (Rhizoma Alismatis ) , Huashi ( Talcum ), Ejiao ( Colla Corii Asini ), etc., such as Zhuling Tang (Decoction).

Usage and Dosage  5 - 10 g is used in decoction for oral use.

Zexie Rhizoma Alismatis

The source is from the stem tuber of Alisma orientale (Sam) Juzep., family Alismataceae. The medicinal material is mainly produced in Fujian, Sichuan, and Jiangxi provinces, etc., dug and collected in winter when the tuber and leaves become yellow, dried in the sun or in the shade. The crude one or the one stir-baked with salt can be used.

Medicinal Properties  Sweet and bland in flavor, cold in nature and attributive to the kindey and bladder meridians.

Actions   Promote diuresis to resolve dampness from the lower energizer and expel heat.

Application  For edema, dysuria, diarrhea, turbid stranguria, leucorrhagia, and dizziness due to retention of phlegm, especially effective in dampness-heat type in the lower energizer, it is usually combined with Zhuling (Polyporus), Fuling (Poria), etc. ; for dizziness due to retention of phlegm, combined with Baizhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae), such as Zexie Tang (Decoction).

Usage and Dosage  5 - 10 g is used in decoction for oral use.

Yiyiren Semen Coicis

The source is from the dried mature seed of Coix lacrymajobi L. var. mayuan ( Roman. ) stapf, family Gramineae. The medicinal material is mainly produced in the areas of Fujian, Hebei, and Liaoning, etc., collected in autumn when the fruits are ripe, shelled, dried in the sun and then peeled. The raw or the stir-baked one can be used.

Medicinal Properties  Sweet and bland in flavor, slightly cold in nature and attributive to the spleen, stomach and lung meridians.

Actions  Promote diuresis to resolve dampness and invigorate the spleen, treat Bi-syndrome and clear away heat to drain the pus.

Application

It is used for spleen-deficiency syndrome with accumulation of dampness manifested as dysuria, edema, beriberi or diarrhea due to spleen-deficiency. For edema,

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