Nature: acrid, warm
Enters: Lung, Spleen, Kidney, Bladder
Actions: Regulates Qi, relieves pain; warms the kidneys; disperses cold; spreads and unblocks the Qi mechanisms, smooths the flow of Qi, facilitates the middle.
• Cold obstruction with Qi stagnation: distention in the chest; costal, hypochondriac, epigastric, abdominal and hernial pain; dysmenorrhea; borborygmus.
• Kidney/bladder yang deficiency cold: frequent urination or incontinence.
• While generally more restricted to cold problems, Wu yao treats a wider area than most herbs – for pain anywhere in the trunk from the genitals to the chest.
• Particularly useful for paraumbilical stagnation and stagnation in the lower abdomen.
MLT: Contains borneol – very penetrating and analgesic.
Hsu: Increases intestinal peristalsis, expels gas.
DY: Its area of pronounced action is the abdomen in general and the lower abdomen in particular. It can guide herbs to this area.
• Warms and scatters cold in the liver and kidney channels.