Pharmaceutical Latin: Galla Chinensis
Common English: Nutgalls
Chinese Sumac
Gallnut of Chinese Sumac
Herbs that Stabilize and Bind (Astringents)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Large Intestine
Tincture: 0.5-3ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Astringes Lung Qi and stops cough

Chronic cough due to Lung Qi Deficiency

Astringes the Intestines and stops diarrhea

Chronic diarrhea, dysenteric disorders, chronic hemafecia and rectal prolapse

Astringes sweat, astringes the Kidneys and stops bleeding

Nocturnal emissions, spermatorrhea, excessive sweating and bleeding

Descends Fire (relieves Fire toxicity), absorbs moisture (clears Dampness) and reduces swellings

Topically as a powder or wash for sores, dermatosis, toxic swellings and Damp, ulcerated skin

Scar tissue

Cools Deficiency Fire

Lung Yin Deficiency and Deficiency Fire with chronic cough with Blood or Blood-streaked sputum

Stops bleeding

Various bleeding disorders such as uterine bleeding, hematochezia, bleeding gums, hematuria, and epistaxis

  • Contraindicated for those with coughs due to external Wind-Cold.
  • Contraindicated for those with Heat in the Lungs.
  • Contraindicated for those with dysenteric diarrhea due to Damp-Heat.
  • Ingestion of drugs and this herb should be separated by at least two hours to avoid interference with proper absorption.

Fr. Schisandrae
Wu Wei Zi
Per. Papaveris
Ying Su Ke

Fr. Trichosanthis
Gua Lou
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin
Bul. Fritillariae
Bei Mu

Fr. Chebulae
He Zi

Chronic Lung Deficiency cough.

Severe cough due to Lung Heat.

Chronic diarrhea and accompanying symptoms of abdominal pain and bloody stool.

External wash or steam bath for sores and prolapse of rectum and uterus.

Sm. Myristicae
Rou Dou Kou
Rx. Codonopsis
Dang Shen

Fu Ling
Fossilia Ossis Mastodi
Long Gu

Fossilia Ossis Mastoid
Long Gu
Concha Ostreae
Mu Li

Chronic diarrhea.

Spermatorrhea due to consumptive Deficiency. (serve on an empty Stomach with a small amount of salt)

Abnormal sweating from Yin and Blood Deficiencies.

Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi
Rz. Cimicifugae
Sheng Ma

Charred Rx. Sanguisorbae
Di Yu
Flos Sophorae Immaturus
Huai Hua Mi

Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Bai Zhu
Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi
Endoconcha Sepiae
Hai Piao Xiao

Rectal prolapse.

Hemafecia and bleeding hemorrhoids.

Uterine bleeding or profuse menstruation from Spleen Qi Deficiency .

Ming Fan

Wu Gong
Black Vinegar


As an external wash for rectal prolapse.

Topically as a salve for scars.

Massive uterine hemorrhage.

Fr. Schisandrae
Wu Wei Zi

Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang
Cx. Phellodendri
Huang Bai

Fr. Schisandrae
Wu Wei Zi
Rx. Asparagi
Tian Men Dong
Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen

Cough at dusk due to Yin Deficiency Fire Blazing upward and irritating the Lungs.

Spermatorrhea, metrorrhagia, vaginal discharge, chronic diarrhea or dysentery, rectal or uterine prolapse, spontaneous sweat, night sweats, and cough and wheezing due to Lung Qi Deficiency.

Powdered and mixed with fresh water then placed around the edges of the sore for early-stage sores with no head.

Chronic cough.

Rice Soup

Ming Fan

Fr. Chebulae
He Zi

Endoconcha Sepiae
Hai Piao Xiao


Fry with vinegar and grind into a powder for chronic diarrhea and dysentery during the summer.

Uterine bleeding.

Bleeding due to miscarriage.


  1. Subcutaneous injections may cause local necrosis, restlessness, respiratory depression and death.
  2. The part used is an excrescence produced by an insect (Melaphis Chinensis) on the leaf.
  3. This herb treats throat Bi, wasting and thirsting, and night sweats.
  4. This herb can be used alone as a powder for postpartum uterine prolapse, hematochezia and hematuria.
  5. Use topically as a powder for epistaxis.
  6. It can be powdered, moistened, placed in the umbilicus, covered and retained to treat spontaneous sweating or night sweats and children's nightmares.
  7. The nuts themselves can be burned until they start smoking, exposing hemorrhoids to smoke with great results.
  8. It can be used as a powder or as a wash topically for non-healing sores, ulcerations and carbuncles with oozing fluids.
  9. For all toxic swellings, it should be fried until purplish black, powdered, mixed with honey and spread over the sore.
  10. Both Wu Bei Zi and Per. Papaveris Ying Su Ke astringe the Lungs to alleviate cough and the Intestines to stop diarrhea. Wu Bei Zi is sour astringent and cold, weaker in astringing the Lungs and Intestines, it is more appropriate for descending Fire, resolving toxicity, generating Yang fluids, stopping bleeding, securing Jing and astringing sweat. Ying Su Ke is a stronger astringent and effectively reduces pain.
  11. The leaves, Folium Rhois Chinensis Yan Fu Ye, is sour, cool and enters the Liver and Lung channels. Its dosage is 9-15g. It Clears Heat, Cools the Blood, Clears Lung Heat, stops bleeding and dissolves Phlegm It is specific for malaria. It treats malaria, asthma, a swollen throat and measles.