INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Calculus Bovis
Common English: Cattle Gallstone
Ox Gallstone
Bezoar
Bos
Aromatic Substances that Open Orifices
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Bitter
Cool
Heart
Liver
(Gallbladder)
0.15-1g
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Clears the Heart, opens the Orifices aromatically, awakens the Spirit and vaporizes Phlegm

Delirium or coma due to Hot Phlegm Obstructing the Pericardium or Warm-Heat pathogen

Wind-Stroke, convulsions or seizures

Clears the Liver, relieves Fire toxicity, extinguishes Wind and stops tremors

Extreme Heat Generates Liver Wind with high fever, spasms, tremors or convulsions

Drains Heat and resolves Fire toxicity

Carbuncles, boils and a wide variety of Hot swellings (Chuang Yung) (can be used as a stand-alone herb)

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.
  • Contraindicated for those with no Heat Excess.
  • Contraindicated for those with Spleen and Stomach Deficiencies.
  • Contraindicated for infants with diarrhea due to poor digestion of milk.
  • Contraindicated for those with Wind-Stroke in the channels with facial paralysis, numbness of the skin or partial paralysis of the limbs.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS
  • Niu Huang has a mild sedative effect. It reduces the stimulation induced by caffeine and enhances the sedation induced by morphine and barbiturates and other sedatives.

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi
Cinnabaris
Zhu Sha

Succus Bambusae
Zhu Li

 

Secretio Moschus
She Xiang
Cornu Bubali
Shui Niu Jiao

Delirium and irritability due to Heat attacking the Pericardium, as in Ying Stage Heat.

Delirium and irritability due to Heat attacking the Pericardium, as in Ying Stage Heat.

Convulsions and coma due to severe Heat and blocked Orifices.

Secretio Moschus
She Xiang
Cornu Bubali
Shui Niu Jiao
Olibanum
Ru Xiang
Myrrh
Mo
Yao

Bombyx Batryticatus
Jiang Can
Arisaema cum Bile
Dan Nan Xing
Silicea Bambusae Concretio
Tian Zhu Huang

Margarita
Zhen Zhu
Rx. Polygalae
Yuan Zhi
Arisaema cum Bile
Dan Nan Xing

Abscess and scrofula.

Convulsions due to Phlegm-Heat.

Grand mal seizures.

Scorpio
Quan Xie
Silicea Bambusae Concretio
Tian Zhu Huang

Margarita
Zhen Zhu
Glauberitum
Han Shui Shi

Borax
Peng Sha
Catechu
Er Cha

Convulsions and impaired consciousness in children due to extreme Heat.

Topically for mouth sores and painful, swollen and ulcerated throat due to Heat.

Topically for swollen, painful gums.

Flos Lonicerae
Jin Yin Hua
Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao

Margarita
Zhen Zhu

Venenum Bufonis
Chan Su

Sores, carbuncles and boils.

Delirium, high fever and convulsions.

Topically for sores due to Heat toxin, throat Bi or periodontal disorders.

Muddled consciousness due to closure of the Orifices by Phlegm and turbid filth.

Borneolum
Bing Pian
Margarita
Zhen Zhu

Secretio Moschus
She Xiang
Olibanum
Ru Xiang
Myrrh
Mo
Yao

Secretio Moschus
She Xiang
Borneolum
Bing Pian

Sore, swollen throat and ulcers on the tongue or throat.

Boils, carbuncles, fibrocystic breast disease and a wide variety of painful swellings.

Unconsciousness, delirious speech, a high fever and convulsions.

Secretio Moschus
She Xiang
Ram. cum Uncis Uncariae
Gou Teng
Scorpio
Quan Xie

or

Secretio Moschus
She Xiang
Ram. cum Uncis Uncariae
Gou Teng
Concretio Silicea Bambusae
Tian Zhu Huang

 

 

Liver Wind.

 

 

  1. Some sources classify this herb as a Liver Wind Calming herb.
  2. It has a digestive stimulating action which is used to treat digestive conditions entailing enzymatic and biliary insufficiency with loss of fat breakdown and food allergies.
  3. This herb has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
  4. For epilepsy induced by terror or mental disturbance, crush this herb, mix with honey and feed to the patient.
  5. For collapsed smallpox, grind 2 pieces of Niu Huang with 0.3g Cinnabaris Zhu Sha to a powder, mix with honey and rouge and apply to the lesion once a day.
  6. Taken orally, it treats furuncles, carbuncles, cellulitis and many other types of infections.
  7. used topically, it drastically detoxifies and stops pain.
  8. Calculus Artificialis Bovis Ren Gong Niu Huang is produced by treating cattle or pig gall by artificial means until a stone is produced. It is believed comparable to the natural substance for treating Heat toxin, but not as effective in opening the Orifices.
  9. This herb is not as effective at opening Orifices as Secretio Moschus She Xiang, but is very effective at clearing Heat and relieving toxicity.
  10. This herb also cools the Blood.
  11. Both Niu Huang and Arisaema cum Bile Dan Nan Xing cool Heat, eliminate Phlegm, settle convulsions and treat loss of consciousness due to Wind-Stroke or Phlegm collapse due to Phlegm-Heat, recurrent childhood convulsions and patterns of withdrawal mania. Niu Huang more powerfully clears the Hear, opens the Orifices, cools the Blood and resolves toxicity to treat high fever, delirium, impaired consciousness and swollen sores due to Heat toxin. Dan Nan Xing more strongly eliminates Phlegm, expels Wind arrests convulsions and better treat Phlegm-Heat.
  12. Both Niu Huang and Venenum Bufonis Chan Su are good for resolving toxicity, reducing swelling, opening the Orifices and awakening consciousness. Niu Huang has a powerful cooling nature that resolves toxicity and clears Heat and an aromatic property that dislodges Phlegm and opens Orifices. It is used for muddled consciousness due to febrile disorders or Wind-Stroke. Chan Su is acrid,warm mobilizing and dispersing and treats sores and toxic swellings by reducing the swelling and stopping pain. It also opens Orifices and clears away turbid filth to treat fainting due to Heat-Stroke and vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain due to exposure to turbid during the hottest days of summer.