Nature: bitter, astringent, neutral
Enters: Lung, Stomach
Actions: Descends rebellious Qi, eases hiccups and belching.
• Stomach Qi rebellion: hiccups, belching. For either hot or cold patterns, depending on the herbs with which it is combined.
DY: With Ding xiang 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.