Ding Xiang – Clove flower bud – “Spike Fragrance”

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.

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