Chebula Fruit (Hezi)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Fructus Chebulae|
|Botanical Name:||Terminalia chebula Retz.
Terminalia chebula Retz. Var. tomentella Kurt.
|Common Name:||Terminalia fruit
|Source of Earliest Record:||Yaoxing Lun|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The ripe fruit is gathered from July to August and dried in the sun.|
|Properties and Taste:||Bitter, sour, astringent, and neutral|
|Meridian:||Lung and large intestine|
|Functions:||To astringe the intestines
To astringe the lungs
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Chronic diarrhea, chronic dysentery and prolapsed anus:
a) Heat syndrome.
*Use with Coptis root (Huanglian) and Costus root (Muxiang) in the formula Hezi San.
b) Deficiency and cold syndrome.
*Use with Dried ginger (Ganjiang) and Poppy capsule (Yingsuqiao).
2. Cough and asthma due to deficiency in lungs or chronic cough with hoarse voice.
*Use with Platycodon root (Jiegeng), Licorice root (Gancao) and Apricot seed (Xingren).
|Dosage:||3-10 g (The raw herb is used for hoarse voice, the baked herb for diarrhea.)|
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated in cases with exterior syndrome and during accumulation of damp-heat in the interior.|