Notes on This Category

• Use caution with cases of Yin or blood deficiency, since these herbs tend to be acrid, warm, and drying.
• Since the dispersing effect of some of the more aromatic herbs in this category is dependent on their volatile oils, they are often decocted only for a short time (or are infused only).
• Herbs in this category are frequently combined with:
A. Herbs that eliminate wind and relieve exterior syndromes when the disease is located on the body surface or in the upper part of the body.
B. Herbs that promote blood circulation and remove obstruction from the channels and collaterals when there is associated blood stasis.
C. Herbs that warm the channels when there is cold associated.
D. Herbs that tonify Qi and nourish blood when there is Qi and/or blood deficiency.
E. Herbs that tonify the kidneys and liver when there is deficiency of these organs.

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