Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Herbs That Regulate The Qi:

  • Used with Qi disorders involving deficiency and stagnation.
  • These herbs are primarily used for stagnation involving the spleen and stomach, constrained liver qi, and stagnant lung qi.

Section Herbal Summary:

  • Choose the appropriate herbs based on type of obstruction, nature, location:
  • Chen Pi vs. Qing Pi
    • Chen Pi - more harmonious, enters qi level of the spleen and lung, vertical (coughing/vomiting).
    • Qing Pi - scatters and unblocks, harsh, used to break up qi stagnation, horizontal (pain).
  • Mu Xiang vs. Xiang Fu - both for abdominal pain.
    • Mu Xiang - promotes movement of clumped qi in stomach and intestines - distention and fullness of epigastrium and abdomen along with diarrhea.
    • Xiang Fu - disperses/spreads stagnant qi in the liver and stomach, best used for problems secondary to emotional constraint, epigastric and hypochondriac distention and pain, menstrual problems.
  • Wu Yao - warmer and more restricted to cold problems - for pain anywhere in the truck from the genitals to the chest.
  • Selection Based on Accompanying Symptoms:

Chinese Herbsort icon Functions and Usage
Chen Pi (Tangerine Peel)
  • Regulates Qi, improves transportive function of the spleen, relieves diaphragm - epigastric/abdominal distention, fullness, bloating, belching, nausea, vomiting (promotes movement of qi in general; specifically directing it downward - good for different types of nausea/vomiting).
  • Important herb for drying dampness and the transformation of phlegm - coughs with stifling sensation in the chest/diaphragm, and copious viscous sputum (qi-level herb).
  • Prevents stagnation - prevents cloying of tonifying herbs.
  • Ju Hong is the red part of the tangerine peel - it is more drying and aromatic.
Chen Xiang (Aloeswood)
  • Promotes the movement of Qi, alleviates pain - distention and pain in abdominal region due to cold from deficiency or blood stasis.
  • Directs rebellious Qi downward - excess/deficiency wheezing, vomiting, belching, hiccups due to cold from deficiency of the middle jiao.
  • Helps the kidneys grasp Qi - asthma and wheezing.
Chuan Lian Zi (Sichuan Pagoda Tree Fruit)
  • Promotes the movement of Qi and stops pain - flank, rib, abdominal pain due to liver qi stagnation or liver-stomach disharmony; hernial disorders, good w/heat signs.
  • Clears heat, dries dampness, regulates qi, alleviates pain due to damp-heat stagnant qi - same symptoms as above.
  • Kills parasites and stops pain - roundworms and tape worms (primarily for pain).
  • Compare with Xia Ku Cao, Long Dan Cao, Zhi Zi for clearing liver heat function.
Da Fu Pi (Areca Peel, Betel Husk)
  • Promotes the downward movement of Qi, reduces stagnation - food stagnation and qi obstruction w/epigastric and abdominal distention, belching, acid regurgitation, constipation.
  • Expels damp, promotes urination - edema, dampness in the stomach and intestines.
Fo Shou (Finger Citron Fruit)
  • Regulates and soothes liver Qi - rib pain and distention, belching.
  • Harmonizes the stomach and strengthens the spleen - epigastric pain and distention, lack of appetite, belching, vomiting.
  • Dries dampness and transforms phlegm - chronic cough with phlegm and chest pain (weak, not well suited for acute conditions).
Li Zhi He (Leechee Nut)
  • Regulates the Qi and stops pain - abdominal and epigastric pain due to liver qi stagnation, PMS pain, post-partum pain due to qi and blood stagnation.
  • Disperses cold and stagnation - hernia and testicular pain due to cold in the liver channel.
Mei Gui Hua (Young Flower of Chinese Rose)
  • Promotes the movement of Qi and relieves constraint - liver-stomach disharmony with pain and distention in the flanks and epigastrium, belching, poor appetite.
  • Promotes the movement of Qi, harmonizes the Blood, disperses stasis - irregular menses, breast tenderness (PMS), menstrual pain; stasis from trauma.
Mu Xiang (Costus Root)
  • Promotes the movement of Qi, alleviates pain - stagnant qi of the stomach and/or spleen causing lack of appetite, abdominal pain, distention, nausea; liver or gallbladder qi stagnation causing flank pain, distention.
  • Regulates stagnated Qi in the intestines - diarrhea, abdominal pain (common herb to treat tenesmus).
  • Strengthens the spleen and prevents stagnation, used with tonifying herbs to reduce side effects.
Qing Pi (Green Tangerine Peel)
  • Spreads liver Qi and breaks up stagnation - liver Qi stagnation symptoms such as distention and pain in the chest, breast, and/or hypochondriac regions; hernial pain.
  • Reduces food stagnation - pain in the epigastrium.
  • Dries dampness and transforms phlegm - malarial disorders w/phlegm, dampness, and breast abscesses.
  • Raises blood pressure.
Shi Di (Persimmon Calyx)
  • Directs stomach Qi downward - stops hiccups and belching.
Tan Xiang (Sandalwood)
  • Promotes Qi movement, alleviates pain - chest and abdomen pain.
Wu Yao (Lindera Root)
  • Promotes the movement of Qi, alleviates pain by warming and dispersing - flank, chest, epigastric, abdominal pain, hernia, menstrual pains due to cold constraint and qi stagnation.
  • Warms the kidneys - frequent urination or incontinence due to kidney yang deficiency and cold from deficiency of the bladder.
Xiang Fu (Nut Grass Rhizome)
  • Spreads and regulates the Qi, soothes the liver - hypochondriac pain, epigastric distention, disharmony between the liver and the spleen.
  • Regulates menses, alleviates pain (by resolving liver qi stagnation) - dysmenorrhea, irregular menses.
Xie Bai (Chive Bulb)
  • Unblocks the yang Qi and disperses cold phlegm - damp-cold bi of the chest due to cold turbid phlegm preventing the flow of yang qi - chest, flank, or upper back pain, dyspnea, coughing, wheezing, stifling sensation in the chest.
  • Promotes the movement of Qi and Blood, alleviates pain - epigastric fullness, distention, abdominal pain, chest pain due to blood obstructing the heart channel.
  • Directs Qi downward, reduces stagnation - damp stagnation in the large intestine (dysenteric disorders).
Zhi Ke (Ripe Fruit of Zhi Shi)
  • Milder actions - move qi and reduce distention (good for weak patients).
Zhi Shi (Immature Bitter Orange)
  • Breaks up Qi stagnation, reduces accumulations, transforms phlegm - epigastric or abdominal pain and distention or indigestion w/focal distention or gas.
  • Directs qi downward and unblocks bowels - frequently used for abdominal pain and constipation by accumulation and stagnant Qi.
  • Transforms phlegm and expels focal.
  • Used with Qi tonifying herbs for the prolapse of organs.
  • Raises blood pressure.