Traditional: Dry heat in the Stomach and Intestine accompanied by insufficient body fluids marked by dry and hard stool, difficult bowel movement, frequent urination, a dry and yellow tongue coating, and a floating and hesitant pulse. This condition typically occurs in the elderly or in physically weak individuals who have dry skin and lack adequate body fluids.
Modern: Habitual constipation, constipation in the elderly, postpartum or post-surgical constipation, incomplete intestinal obstruction, and hemorrhoids.
Huo Ma Ren: hemp seeds, canabis seeds, linum Semen Canibis
Full of lubricating oil, this seed lubricates the intestines to guide out waste. There are no psychoactive properties in the canabis seed.
Da Huang: rhubarb root and rhizome Radix et Rhizoma Rhei [don’t use if pregnant]
This herb helps move out “excess” from the Intestines. It thus addresses the branch symptom of this condition.
Bai Shao: white peony root, peony Paeoniae Radix alba [supports pregnancy]
This herb is lubricating to the intestines thus addressing the root cause of this condition. For the record, there is absolutely no psychoactive functions in marijuana seeds.
Hou Po: magnolia bark Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis [use caution if pregnant]
This herb addresses qi stagnation in the intestines which can be translated as a disregulation of the movement within the intestines. End result is that this herb focuses on gurgling, bloating, and distension.
Zing Ren: apricot seed or kernel Semen Pruni Armeniacae
Another seed, more oil to lubricate the intestines from the inside. It is also a good herb for qi of both the Lungs and Large Intestine downward. That means it is good for asthma as well as constipation.
Zhi Shi: unripe bitter orange, chih-shih Aurantii Fructus immaturus [use caution if pregnant]
Like Hou Po above, this herb regulates intestinal movement
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