Nature: acrid, warm
Enters: Spleen, Stomach, Kidney
Actions: Warms the middle Jiao; descends stomach Qi; warms the kidneys, tonifies kidney Yang.
• Stomach cold: hiccups, vomiting, poor appetite, abdominal pain, diarrhea.
• Kidney Yang deficiency: impotence (Fu zi is superior), clear vaginal discharge (usually accompanied by weakness in the legs).
• Spleen or stomach cold from deficiency: lack or appetite, vomiting, diarrhea.
• Topical: fungal infections. (Treatment should not be interrupted.)
• Use as a powder locally or a rinse for toothache. Long history as a dental anaesthetic.
• Male cloves are preferred, as they provide a faster onset of action.
• Increases secretions of sputum from the gastric mucosa without increeasing acidity.
• Contraindicated in combination with Yu jin.
Hsu: Broad antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal; tranquilizing; adrenaline-antagonizing action – inhibits excitory transmission of the AV nodes of the heart; vasodilator; stimulates the uterus.
HF: A Sha Chong (kill worms or parasites) herb, important in Gu Zheng (Gu parasites) formulas.
BF: The Ben Cao Zai Xin says this herb opens the nine orifices, soothes depressed Qi, eliminates wind, and moves water.
DY: Scatters cold, stops pain.
• Male flowers, Gong ding xiang (“Spike Fragrance Father”), is reputed to be more powerful than the female flowers, Mu ding xiang (“Spike Fragrance Mother”).
• With Shi di to effectively warm the middle burner and scatter cold, downbear Qi counterflow, and stop hiccups. For indications such as:
– 1. Hiccups due to cold in the stomach.
– 2. Nausea and vomiting due to deficiency cold in the spleen and stomach.
– For these indications, this pair is present in Shi Di Tang. For hiccups, add Chen xiang.
• Ding xiang you, the aromatic oil extracted from cloves, warms the stomach and scatters cold. Applied externally, it treats epigastric pain, rheumatic pain, and toothache due to cold.
Yoga: Lavanga: K, V-; P+
• Analgesic, stimulant, expectorant, carminative, mild aphrodisiac.
• Topical: administer the oil in the ear for tinnitus.
JC: Stimulant; the most powerful aromatic/carminative; stomachic; expectorant; anti-emetic; antispasmodic; astringent; rubifacient; antiseptic; digestive; increases circulation, stimulates excretory organs, stimulates and disinfects the kidneys, skin, liver, and bronchial mucous membranes.
• Toothache (use the oil), vomiting (especially in pregnancy), cholera, ague, infant convulsions (use a poultice on the nape of the neck), colic/flatulence (use a poultice on the abdomen), neuralgia, diarrhea, griping, hypotension, palsy, rheumatism, zygotic disease, nausea, epilepsy.
Dose: 1.5-4.5g (0.5-1g directly as powder)
Clove Essential Oil (topical)
• Key for fatigue, memory loss, depression, colitis, weak libido.
• Oxytocic, aphrodisiac, parasympathomimetic, sympatholytic.
• Water: severe fatigue, anergy, depression, melancholia, memory loss, impotence, frigidity, diarrhea from chronic intestinal disease, Crohn’s disease, hemorrhagic rectocolitis, headache, UTI, edema, renal insufficiency, dental cavities, deafness.
• Metal: pulmonary infection, tuberculosis, anorexia, parasites, chronic diarrhea, aerocolitis.
• Strong topical antiseptic/antifungal.
• Phenomenally powerful antioxidant.
• Anti-aging, anti-tumor, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, analgesic/anesthetic, antioxidant, anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, stomach protectant (ulcers), lice, toothache, acne.
• Scent: mental stimulant; encourages sleep, stimulates dreams, creates a sense of protection and courage.
• Dilute 1 part EO with 4 parts fixed (seed /vegetable) oil; apply 2-4 drops on location, gums, or mouth.
• For tickling cough, put a drop on the back of the tongue.
• Caution: anti-coagulant properties can be enhanced when combined with Warfarin, aspirin, etc.