Pharmaceutical Latin: Talcum
Common English: Talcum
Herbs that Drain Dampness (Diuretics)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Promotes urination and drains Heat from the Urinary Bladder (aids the movement of gravel and stones), (expels Damp-Heat)

Hot Painful Urinary Dysfunction (Lin Syndrome) with hot, painful urination, dark, painful, burning, scanty urine

Damp-Heat diarrhea

Qi Level Heat with Dampness with unremitting fever, heavy feeling in the body, thirst, yellow tongue coat

Releases Summeheat and resolves Dampness

Summerheat (fever, urinary difficulty, thirst)

Absorbs Dampness and clears Heat (topically)

Damp skin lesions (eczema, damp sores, prickly heat) (topical)

Stops bleeding due to Heat

Heat type bleeding

  • Contraindicated in those with Spleen Qi Deficiency (chronic diarrhea)
  • Contraindicated in those with spermatorrhea.
  • Contraindicated in those with depleted fluids due to Warm-Febrile disease.
  • Contraindicated in those with excessive urination.
  • Caution during pregnancy.

Fr. Malvae
Dong Kui Zi

Fu Ling
Sm. Coicis
Yi Yi Ren

Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi
Caul. Akebiae
Mu Tong

Damp-Heat in the Lower Jiao causing urinary discomfort and dysfunction.

Damp-Heat diarrhea.

Lin Syndrome with hot, painful urinary dribbling and scanty, dark, painful urination.

Rz. Dioscoreae

Spora Lygodii
Hai Jin Sha
Fol. Pyrrosiae
Shi Wei

Scl. Polypori
Zhu Ling
Rx. Alismatis
Ze Xie

Heat in the Upper Jiao with thirst and diarrhea.

Urinary discomfort and dysfunction due to Damp-Heat in the Lower Jiao.

Stone Lin.

Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao

Cx. Phellodendri
Huang Bai
Ming Fan

Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin
Medulla Tetrapanacis
Tong Cao

Summerheat causing painful urinary dysfunction, thirst, irritability and fever.

Damp-Heat skin lesions and eczema topically as a powder.

Damp-Warmth when Damp-Heat obstructs the Qi Level.

Cx. Phellodendri
Huang Bai
Gypsum Fibrosum Preparatum
Duan Shi Gao

Caul. Akebiae
Mu Tong

Sm. Plantaginis
Che Qian Zi
Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi
Caul. Akebiae
Mu Tong

Topically as a powder for eczema and other damp skin lesions. Heat Lin. Damp-Heat dysuria with pain and cloudy urine.

Hb. Sive Radix Cirsii Japonici
Da Ji
Cacumen Platycladi
Ce Bai Ye
Rz. Imperatae
Bai Mao Gen

Hb. Agastache
Huo Xiang
Hb. Eupatorii
Pei Lan
Caul. Bambusae in Taeniam
hu Ru
Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Zhi Ban Xia

Gypsum Fibrosum Preparata
Duan Shi Gao

Bloody Lin.

Heatstroke with vomiting and diarrhea.

Topically as a powder for dermatological disorders.

  1. This herb is important for treating Lin Syndrome.
  2. This herb can stimulate granuloma growth in the vagina and colon.
  3. Because of its absorbing and astringent properties, this herb protects the intestines, and prevents diarrhea. Topically, it promotes healing, absorbs suppurative fluids, and protects wounds.
  4. This herb is used for conditions that are more severe and present with burning and bleeding.
  5. This is one of the best substances for treating urinary calculi.
  6. Be careful when inhaling the dust.
  7. This herb is important for treating Summer-Heat with thirst and irritability.
  8. Both Hua Shi and Gypsum Fibrosum Shi Gao clear Heat and alleviate thirst. Hua Shi is appropriate thirst due to Summerheat with Dampness and dark urine that is difficult to pass. It is inappropriate for Dry Heat. Shi Gao is best used for when pathogenic Heat has entered the Yang Ming Stage with dried out fluids.
  9. Both Hua Shi and Fol. Pyrrosiae Shi Wei are cold and unblock painful urinary dysfunction. Hua Shi is slippery and facilitates Dampness and is best used for for Damp-Heat Lin and Stone Lin. It also cools Summerheat and alleviates thirst. Shi Wei cools the Blood and stops bleeding and is best for Blood Lin. It also cools the Lungs, stops cough.
  10. Both Hua Shi and Fr. Malvae Dong Kui Zi are slippery and unblock the orifices and are used for treating urinary difficulty with rasping pain in the urethra. Hua Shi is best at cooling Summerheat and removing Dampness and can be used topically for Damp-Heat sores, while Dong Kui Zi assists bowel movements and promotes lactation. It also reduces swelling.
  11. Flying Talcum Fei Hua Shi is processed into a fine powder that is most amenable for internal use.