INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Cinnabaris
Cinnabarum
Common English: Cinnabar

Shen Calming Herbs: Substances that Settle, Anchor and Calm the Spirit (Obsolete Substances: Substances with Unacceptable Toxicity)

Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Sweet
Cool
Toxic
Heart
Pills and Powders: 0.1-2.7g
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Sedates the Heart and calms the Spirit

Restlessness, palpitations, anxiety, insomnia and convulsions associated with a disturbed Spirit

Heart Fire (with appropriate herbs)

Phlegm Fire Disturbs the Heart (with appropriate herbs)

Heart Blood Deficiency (with appropriate herbs)

Expels Phlegm and sedates jitteriness and convulsions while stopping tremors

Seizures, childhood convulsions and other problems due to Phlegm-Heat Blocking the Pericardium and Heart

Wind-Phlegm dizziness

Lung Heat

Clears Heat, relieves toxicity and prevents putrefaction

Topically for carbuncles, mouth sores, sore throat and snakebite

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Do not use in large amounts or for a prolonged period.
  • To prevent mercury poisoning, do not heat.
  • Use with extreme caution for those with compromised Liver and Kidney functions.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
(Rx. Glycyrrhizae)
(Gan Cao)

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
(Rx. Glycyrrhizae)
(Gan Cao)

Magnetitum
Ci Shi

Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
(Rx. Glycyrrhizae)
(Gan Cao)
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Disturbances of the Spirit as a result of Heart Fire.

Disturbances of the Spirit as a result of Heart Fire if the Heart Fire is pronounced.

Disturbances of the Spirit as a result of Heart Fire with concurrent Blood Deficiency.

Pig’s Heart

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Sm. Platycladi
Bai Zi Ren
Sm. Zizyphi Spinosae
Suan Zao Ren

Cornu Rhinoceri
Xi Jiao
Calculus Bovis
Niu Huang

Restlessness and palpitations with anxiety due to Heart Blood Deficiency.

Insomnia or palpitations with anxiety due to Blood Deficiency.

High fever, loss of consciousness, and convulsions associated with internal Wind.

Calculus Bovis
Niu Huang

Moschus
She Xiang

Ram. cum Uncis Uncariae
Gou Teng
Scorpio
Quan Xie

Silicea Bambusae Concretio
Tian Zhu Huang
Rz. Arisaematis Preparatum
Zhi Tian
Nan Xing

Disturbed consciousness or convulsions from high fevers.

Childhood convulsions.

Acute and chronic childhood convulsions.

Magnetitum
Ci Shi
Massa Fermentata
Shen Qu

Realgar
Xiong Huang
Cremastrae/Pleiones Pseudobulbus
Shan Ci Gu

Realgar
Xiong Huang
Cremastrae/Pleiones Pseudobulbus
Shan Ci Gu

Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Seizures.

Patients who are weak and easily frightened.

Topically as a powder for sores, swellings and carbuncles.

Topically for toxic sores with Blood Deficiency.

Borneolum
Bing Pian

Borax
Peng Sha

Borneolum
Bing Pian

Borax
Peng Sha
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Concha Meretricis/Cyclinae
Hai Ge Qiao

Topically for sores of the oral cavity.

Topically for sores of the oral cavity with Blood Deficiency.

Wind-Phlegm dizziness and hemoptysis due to Lung Heat.

Magnetitum
Ci Shi

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Magnetitum
Ci Shi

Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Glycyrrhizae Preparata
Zhi Gan Cao

Strongly sedates and calms to contain Floating Yang and prevent Heart Fire from attacking upward.

Augments the Yin to reestablish communication between the Heart and Kidneys.

Restlessness, irritability and insomnia.

Heart Blood Deficiency with irritability, palpitations, fright, dizziness and vertigo.

Realgar
Xiong Huang
Margarita
Zhen Zhu

Rz. Cyperi
Xiang Fu
Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin
Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Concretio Bambusae Silicea
Tian Zhu Huang
Rz. Acori Tatarinowii
Shi Chang Pu
Rx. Polygoni
Yuan Zhi
Rx. Curcumae
Yu Jin
Haematitum
Dai Zhe Shi
Concha Ostreae
Mu Li
Frusta Ferri
Sheng Tie Luo

 

As a powder for epilepsy in children.

Schizophrenia.

 

  1. This herb is one of the most ancient sedatives.
  2. It is widely used for the treatment of disturbed Shen, because it has a strong stabilizing effect related to its heaviness.
  3. The mercury in this herb is largely detoxified (it cannot be absorbed as a free ion), but frequent use is not recommended because small amounts of mercury may accumulate.
  4. This herb treats palpitations and emotional distress and is preferred in cases due to fright and anxiety.
  5. Some sources say that this herb brightens eyes.
  6. Both Zhu Sha and Rz. Coptidis Huang Lian cool Heart Fire, quiet the Spirit and resolve toxicity. Zhu Sha is heavy and expels Phlegm and is better for treating withdrawal-mania due to Phlegm-Fire and is only used externally for resolving toxicity. Huang Lian is better at draining Fire, clearing Heat, cooling Blood and treating restlessness, irritability, delirium and bleeding due to Heat entering the Ying Level in febrile disease. It is taken internally and applied topically. It dries Dampness and treats dysenteric disorders, focal distention, nausea, and vomiting associated with Damp-Heat.