Aromatic Substances that Open the Orifices

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  • Bing Pian

    Bing Pian (Borneolum)
    Properties: acrid, bitter, cool
    Channels: Heart, Lungs, Spleen
    Key Characteristics: Acrid-dispersing, aromatically mobilizing and piercing, opens the orifices and disperses fire constraint.
    Additional Notes: Most often used externally in washes at doses of 1-3g. Internally the dose should be much less and given in powders (should not be heated).

  • Shi Chang Pu

    Shi Chang Pu (Rhizoma Acori tatarinowii)
    Properties: acrid, slightly warm, aromatic
    Channels: Heart, Stomach
    Key Characteristics: Transforms dampness, strengthens the Spleen and Stomach, dislodges phlegm, opens the sensory orifices. Also promotes blood flow and reduces swelling (e.g. for cold-damp joint pain and sores).

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