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Astringent Herbs

Astringent herbs, being sour and astringent in nature, stop sweating, check diarrhea, control essence, hold in urine and stop leukorrhea, bleeding and coughing. They are indicated in cases with weakness from chronic disease or unconsolidated anti-pathogenic factors which lead to spontaneous sweating, night sweating, chronic diarrhea, chronic dysentery, seminal emissions, nocturnal emissions, enuresis, frequent urination, chronic cough and asthma, or uterine bleeding, leukorrhea and prolapse of the uterus or rectum. 

Astringent herbs relieve symptoms so as to prevent the anti-pathogenic factor from weakening. In order to treat the symptoms and the root cause simultaneously, corresponding tonifying herbs should be added to the combination.

Astringent herbs should not be used while pathogenic factors are in the exterior, there is interior accumulation of dampness or accumulated heat exists.

 

Schisandra fruit (Wuweizi)
Black plum (Wumei)
Light wheat (Fuxiaomai)
Ephedra root (Mahuanggen)
Ailanthus bark (Chunpi)
Chebula fruit (Hezi)
Nutmeg (Roudoukou)
Poppy capsule (Yingsuqiao)
Lotus seed (Lianzi)
Euryale seed (Qianshi)
Dogwood fruit (Shanzhuyu)
Cherokee rose hips (Jinyingzi)
Mantis egg case (Sangpiaoxiao)
Cuttlefish bone (Wuzeigu)