Notes on This Category – Drastic Purgatives / Cathartics

These herbs powerfully eliminate pathological factors (chiefly harmful fluid) by drastically promoting bowel movement.
The effect of these herbs is generally milder when they are roasted or dry fried.
Use with great caution, especially with weak patients. The results can be quite bad.
Contraindicated in pregnancy.

Commonly combined with:
A. Herbs that clear heat and nourish Yin when Yin is damaged by excess heat.
B. Blood tonics when there is blood deficiency.
C. Herbs that promote Qi circulation.
D. Herbs that release the exterior, when there is an EPI associated.
E. Herbs that support the Zhen Qi when the patient has a weak constitution.

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