Nature: acrid, bitter, warm
Enters: Spleen, Stomach, Kidney
Actions: Regulates Qi, relieves pain; descends stomach Qi, adjusts the middle Jiao; directs rebellious Qi downward, regulates the middle Jiao; warms the kidneys, aids them in grasping the Qi.
• Blood stasis or cold obstruction (including from deficiency) with Qi stagnation: distention, pain, or a feeling of pressure in the chest, epigastrium, or abdomen.
• Stomach or spleen cold (including from deficiency): rebellious Qi wheezing, vomiting, hiccups, belching.
• Kidney deficiency: asthma, wheezing, cough with difficulty breathing.
• Particularly useful for stagnation in the lower abdomen.
• The true herb is expensive, very aromatic, precious – do not cook it. It is usually powdered and taken directly.
• Powerfully inhibits M. tuberculosis, Shigella.
• Traditionally, this is not just the wood of this tree, but specifically very old wood, and, some say, wood that has been underwater for many years.
Hsu: Antibacterial – for typhoid, dysentery; analgesic, tranquilizing effects.