Nature: sweet, astringent, slightly cold
Enters: Heart, Liver, Kidney
Actions: Anchors and quiets the Shen; subdues the liver; suppresses liver Yang rising; astringes and controls any body fluids.
• Heart/shen agitation: insomnia, palpitations, epilepsy, depression, mania, anxiety.
• Liver Yang rising: dizziness, restlessness, irritability, easily angered, blurry vision, vertigo.
• Deficiency/weak body constitution: spermatorrhea, leukorrhea, uterine bleeding, night sweats, spontaneous sweating, vaginal discharge.
• Topical: powdered and calcined for non-healing carbuncles, furuncles, sores and ulcerations.
• Its sedative property is probably due, in part, to its richness in calcium.
• Drier than Mu li and stronger to settle the Shen, better for tremors.
• Often used with Mu li to harness rising Yang.
• Use Long gu raw to settle and calm the Shen.
• Use the calcined form as an astringent for preventing leakage of fluids and for non-healing sores.
• Cook 20-30 minutes longer than other herbs.
Hsu: Anti-inflammatory, expectorant, hemostatic, astringent.
DY: Quiets the Hun.
Long Chi: fossilized teeth
• Astringent, cool.
• Basically same as Long gu, but more sedating, and especially good for palpitations with anxiety, insomnia, and dream-disturbed sleep.