INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Moschus
Common English: Musk
Aromatic Substances that Open the Orifices
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Acrid
Warm
(Hot)
Aromatic
Heart
Spleen
Liver
(All 12 Meridians)
0.03-0.1g
Tincture: 5-7 drops
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Strongly opens the Orifices and Luo vessels, revives the Spirit and unblocks closed disorders

Ying Stage Heat Attacks the Pericardium due to a Warm pathogen disease with convulsions, delirium, stupor and fainting

Closed disorders (Yang Obstruction, Yin Obstruction, Phlegm Obstruction)

Tetanic collapse

Seizures

Invigorates the Blood, dissipates masses, reduces swellings, detoxifies, opens the channels and alleviates pain

Severe problems due to Blood Stasis including fixed palpable masses, toxic sores and carbuncles

Obstructions of the channels and collaterals due to traumatic injury or painful obstruction

Coronary artery disease

Hastens delivery and facilitates the passage of stillborns (induces abortion)

Labor

Dead fetus or placenta fail to descend
CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.
  • Contraindicated for those with Yin Deficiency with Heat signs.
  • Use with caution for those with hypertension.
  • Use with caution for those with allergies.
  • Use with caution for those with reduced Kidney function.
  • Use with caution for those with cerebral hyperactivity.
  • Use with caution for those with cerebral congestion.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
  • Do not use with garlic.
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS

Cornu Rhinoceri
Xi Jiao
Calculus Bovis
Niu Huang

Calculus Bovis
Niu Huang

Borneolum
Bing Pian

Cornu Saigae Tataricae
Ling Yang Jiao
Gypsum Fibrosum
Shi Gao

Sudden loss of consciousness and coma due to extreme Heat or Wind-Stroke.

Closed disorders from Phlegm-Heat or Heat Sinking into the Pericardium.

Blazing Heat in the Pericardium stirring up Liver Wind with spasms and convulsions.

Calculus Bovis
Niu Huang
Ram. Uncariae cum Uncis
Gou Teng
Arisaema cum Bile
Dan Nan Xing

Styrax
Su He Xiang
Borneolum
An Xi Xiang

Rx. Salviae Miltiorrhizae
Dan Shen
Sm. Persicae
Tao Ren
Flos Carthami
Hong Hua
(Rx. Paeoniae Rubra)
(Chi Shao)

Loss of consciousness and convulsions secondary to fevers in children.

Cold closed disorders usually due to Cold-Dampness or Phlegm-Turbidity.

Amenorrhea.

Hirudo
Shui Zhi
Tabanus
Meng Chong
Rz. Sparganii
San Leng

Rx. Aucklandiae
Mu Xiang
Sm. Persicae
Tao Ren

Olibanum
Ru Xiang
Myrrh
Mo
Yao
Realgar
Xiong Huang

or

Olibanum
Ru Xiang
Myrrh
Mo
Yao
Rz. Corydalis
Yan Hu Suo

Severe Blood Stasis problems including fixed abdominal masses.

Sudden, severe chest and abdominal pain.

Angina pectoris or arteriosclerosis due to Blood Stagnation in the chest.

Trauma induced injury and suppurating sores.

Rx. Paeoniae Rubra
Chi Shao
Rx. Salviae Miltiorrhizae
Dan Shen
Rz. Sparganii
San Leng
Rz. Curcumae
E Zhu

Margarita
Zhen Zhu
Realgar
Xiong Huang
Calculus Bovis
Niu Huang

Rx. Angelicae Pubescentis
Du Huo
Rx. Clematidis
Wei Ling Xian
Rx. Stephaniae Tetrandrae
Han Fang Ji

Immobile abdominal masses, and amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea due to Blood Stasis.

Organomegaly.

Severe hot sores and ulcerations, especially of the throat.

Severe Wind-Damp Bi.

Faeces Trogopterori
Wu Ling Zhi
Sm Oroxyli
Mu Hu Die

Cx. Cinnamomi
Rou Gui

Styrax
Su He Xiang

Scrofula and Phlegm nodules.

Hastens delivery of stillborns or the placenta.

Revives closed patterns of Wind-Stroke or Phlegm Collapse.

Cramps and spasms in the channels due to miasmic Damp Qi of mountain mists.

Calculus Bovis
Niu Huang

Calculus Bovis
Niu Huang

Borneolum
Bing Pian

Cinnabaris
Zhu Sha

Concretio Bambusae Silicea
Tian Zhu Huang
Cinnabaris
Zhu Sha

Coma due to Heat.

Sore throat.

Impaired consciousness due to Heat and Phlegm, stroke, convulsions and/or heat stroke.

Infantile convulsions.

Cornu Saigae Tataricae
Ling Yang Jiao
Cinnabaris
Zhu Sha

Styrax
Su He Xiang
Lignum Santali Albi
Tan Xiang

Olibanum
Ru Xiang
Myrrh
Mo
Yao

Tremors and convulsions.

Impaired consciousness due to Cold and Phlegm.

Carbuncles, sores and hot swellings.

  1. Due to this animal’s endangered status and the great expense of this herb, almost all of the commercially available product is either from raised deer, or synthesized muscone.
  2. Because of its intensely aromatic, penetrating nature, this substance is used to treat a wide variety of problems that impair consciousness.
  3. This herb also treats paralysis of the Intestines.
  4. This herb may be used alone for immobile palpable masses or organomegaly.
  5. It is highly valued and used in many patent medicines for congestion of Blood and Phlegm.
  6. It is used to “remove filth”, and stimulate circulation.
  7. One source says that it is used to treat gastritis.
  8. It has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
  9. It is said to cure all sorts of diseases and eliminate all sorts of foul smells.
  10. It is also said that this herb activates all senses and channels and cures all sorts of retention and abdominal masses.
  11. One source says that stomatoma can be cured in three days by taking 3g of the ground herb with water.
  12. This is the most intensely aromatic and penetrating herb in the Chinese materia medica.
  13. It can be used internally or topically.
  14. Because of its ability to invigorate Blood, reduce swelling, unblock Stagnation, stop pain, prevent necrosis and reduce inflammation, it is very effective at treating toxic swollen sores, abscesses, traumatic injuries, swelling and pain from stagnant Blood mobile and fixed abdominal masses and amenorrhea.
  15. Both She Xiang and Borneolum Bing Pian are acrid, mobile, piercing, open the Orifices and awaken the Spirit. They are often combined to treat loss of consciousness, delirium associated with febrile diseases, fainting due to Summerheat, Wind-Stroke and swollen sores due to Heat toxin. She Xiang more powerfully opens the Orifices, awakens the Spirit invigorates the Blood,unblocks the collaterals and reduces and disperses Qi and Blood Stagnation. It treats hematomas, traumatic injury and abdominal masses or amenorrhea due to Blood Stasis. Bing Pian dissipates Fire constraint, to reduce swelling and stop pain. It treats sore red eyes, mouth ulcers and toothache.
  16. Both She Xiang and Styrax Su He Xiang are acrid, warm, aromatic, open the Orifices and awaken the Spirit. She Xiang is stronger at opening the Orifices, awakening the Spirit and unblocking the channels and collaterals to treat Qi and Blood Stagnation with swelling and pain. Su He Xiang more strongly clears away filth and expels Phlegm to treat turbid, filthy Qi and Wind-Stroke with overabundant Phlegm causing loss of consciousness.