INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Herba Menthae Haplocalycis
Common English: Mentha
Field Mint
Peppermint
Asian Fieldmint
Cornmint
Wild Pennyroyal
Wild Mint
Herbs that Release the Exterior: Cool, Acrid Herbs that Release the Exterior (Wind-Heat Diaphoretics)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Acrid
Aromatic
Cool
Lung
Liver
1.5-30g (3-6g)
Tincture: 2-3 ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Disperses Wind-Heat, cools and clears the head and eyes and benefits the throat

Wind-Heat with fever, cough, headache, red eyes and a sore throat

Vents rashes

Early-stage rashes e.g. measles

Relieves Stagnation of Liver Qi

Liver Qi Stagnation with pressure in the chest or flanks, emotional instability and gynecological problems

Expels turbid filth

Exposure to unclean Qi in the Summertime leading to gastric distress with abdominal pain, vomiting. diarrhea and a thick, yellow, greasy tongue coat

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated for debilitated patients with Exterior Deficiency (spontaneous sweat).
  • Contraindicated for those with Liver Yang Rising.
  • Contraindicated for those with Yin Deficiency with Heat signs.
  • Contraindicated for those with Blood Deficiency due to Yin Deficiency Heat.
  • This herb is not recommended for nursing mothers. It may lead to insufficient lactation.
  • Contraindicated for those with hiatal hernia.
  • The essential oil should not be inhaled by small children.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS

Flos Schizonepetae
Jing Jie

Flos Schizonepetae
Jing Jie
Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao
Flos Lonicerae
Jin Yin Hua

Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua

Wind-Heat.

Wind-Heat. (stronger effect)

Headache due to Wind-Heat.

Headache, pain, redness, and swelling of the eyes due to Liver Fire.

Rx. Platycodi
Jie Geng
Bombyx Batryticatus
Jiang Can

Spica Prunellae
Xia Ku Cao

 

Fr. Arctii
Niu Bang Zi

 

Painful, swollen throat.

Inflammation of the eyes.

Scrofula.

Sores, dry throat, cough with yellow sputum, incomplete expression of measles or pruritic rash due to Wind-Heat.

Ramulus Uncariae cum Uncis
Gou Teng

Ramulus Uncariae cum Uncis
Gou Teng
Flos Schizonepetae
Jing Jie

Hb. Patriniae
Bai Jiang Cao
Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui
Scorpio
Quan Xie

Prevents convulsions in febrile children.

Prevents convulsions in febrile children. (stronger effect)

Rashes with severe itching.

Childhood convulsions.

Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao
Rx. Bupleuri
Chai Hu
(Rx. Angelicae Sinensis)
(Dang Gui)

Rx. Stellariae
Yin Chai Hu

 

Hb. Pogostemonis/Agastaches
Huo Xiang
Hb. Eupatorii
Pei Lan
Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao

Liver Qi Stagnation with chest and flank distention or pain.

Cools and drains pathogenic from the Liver.

Stomach and Liver Yin Deficiency Heat.

Steaming bones.

Summerheat with distention, pain, vomiting and diarrhea.

Hb. Patriniae
Bai Jiang Cao
Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui
Scorpio
Quan Xie

Fr. Arctii
Niu Bang Zi
Rx. Puerariae
Ge Gen

 

Rx. Platycodi
Jie Geng
Fr. Arctii
Niu Bang Zi
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Hb. Schizonepetae
Jing Jie

or

Rx. Platycodi
Jie Geng
Fr. Arctii
Niu Bang Zi
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Fol. Mori
Sang Ye

Childhood convulsions and/or a pruritic rash.

Early stage measles.

Wind-Heat.

Talc
Hua Shi
Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao

Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao
Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui
Fr. Arctii
Niu Bang Zi

Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui
Sp. Schizonepetae
Jing Jie Sui
Fr. Kochiae
Di Fu Zi

Summerheat.

Summerheat with distention, pain, vomiting and diarrhea.

Itching due to Wind rashes.

Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui

Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui
Gypsum Fibrosum
Shi Gao
Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao

Fol. Perillae
Zi Su Ye
Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Rx. et Rz. Notopterygii
Qiang Huo

Powerfully expels Wind-Heat and vents rashes.

Stops itch.

Early-stage febrile disorders.

Wind-Cold.

Fr. Arctii
Niu Bang Zi
Rx. Isatidis
Ban Lan Gen

Rz. Belamcandae
She Gan

Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao
Rx. Platycodi
Jie Geng
Sm. Oroxyli
Mu He Die

Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Fr. Arctii
Niu Bang Zi
Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao

Sore throat from Wind-Heat.

Sore throat with loss of voice.

Red eyes from Wind-Heat.

Hb. Schizonepetae
Jing Jie
Fr. Arctii
Niu Bang Zi
Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao

Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui
Hb. Schizonepetae
Jing Jie
Fr. Kochiae
Di Fu Zi
Fr. Arctii
Niu Bang Zi

Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Fol. Mori
Sang Ye

Promotes the eruption of measles.

Rash, eczema and general itching.

Liver Yang Rising causing hyper-tension with red eyes, blurred vision and headache.

Hb. Agastaches
Huo Xiang
Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao
Fr. Amomi Rotundus
Bai Dou Kou

 

 

Vomiting and diarrhea due to Summerheat and Dampness.

 

 

  1. Often used for surface Heat ailments in the upper body.
  2. Usually used for sore throats, headaches, red eyes, superficial visual obstruction, loss of voice, mouth and teeth problems and skin ailments in the upper body.
  3. Some sources say it relieves itching and settles the Stomach.
  4. In small doses, it harmonizes Qi and treats pain from Liver Qi Stagnation, Gallbladder Fire and Liver Wind Stirring Internally.
  5. Bo He is similar to Borneolum Bing Pian. They both excel at penetrating the orifices. Their actions reach the organs, sinews and bones and externally to the pores, interstices, skin and hair and are able to treat aching bones and sinews in febrile disease.
  6. Mentha Leaves Bo He Ye are best for dispersing Wind and venting rashes.
  7. Mentha Stalks Bo He Geng are best for descending Qi and easing the Middle.
  8. Dry-fried Mentha Chao Bo He has its diaphoretic nature moderated and is best used when there is already sweating. Charred Mentha Bo He Tan enters the blood to disperse Blood Level Heat.
  9. Mentha Juice Bo He Zhi clears Heat, cools Blood and relieves pain. It can be used externally as nose drops for epistaxis and ear drops for pain in the ear.
  10. Menthol Bo He Chun is  pungent and cool and goes to the Lung and the Liver channels. It is used for sore throat, diarrhea, and colds. When applied as a topical ointment, menthol stimulates hot and cold receptors on the skin without making the body cold.