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Invented in 1481 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that stop bleeding. Its main actions are: 1) clears Fire and 2) transforms Phlegm.
In Chinese Medicine health conditions are thought to arise due to "disharmonies" in the body as a system. These disharmonies are called "patterns" and the very purpose of herbal formulas is to fight them in order to restore the body's harmony.
In this case Ke Xie Fang is used by TCM practitioners to fight patterns like Liver Fire insulting the Lungs. From a Western Medicine standpoint, such patterns can give rise to a range of conditions such as pulmonary tuberculosis or bronchiectasis for instance.
On this page, after a detailed description of each of the five ingredients in Ke Xie Fang, we review the patterns and conditions that Ke Xie Fang helps treat.
Qing Dai is a king ingredient in Ke Xie Fang. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.
Part used: Dried powder or mass prepared from the leaf and/or the stem
Zhi Zi is a king ingredient in Ke Xie Fang. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.
Part used: Dried ripe fruit
Zhi Zi is bitter and cold. It clears the Liver, drain Fire, and cool the Blood. To stop bleeding of this type, it is advisable to direct the Qi downward, since the Blood will follow the Qi. Cape jasmine fruit also descends Qi, thereby clearing Heat from the Heart and relieving the irritability.
Gua Lou Ren is a deputy ingredient in Ke Xie Fang. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.
Part used: The seeds, dried
Gua Lou Ren is sweet and cold. It cools and transforms the hot Phlegm and reduce the Fire. Compare with the other deputy Costazia skeleton, it focuses more on moistening the Lungs and stopping coughing.
Fu Hai Shi is a deputy ingredient in Ke Xie Fang. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.
Part used: The skeleton
Meridian affinity: Lung
He Zi is an assistant ingredient in Ke Xie Fang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.
Part used: Dry ripe fruits
Category: Herbs that stabilize and bind
It's important to remember that herbal formulas are meant to treat patterns, not "diseases" as understood in Western Medicine. According to Chinese Medicine patterns, which are disruptions to the body as a system, are the underlying root cause for diseases and conditions.
As such Ke Xie Fang is mostly used to treat the pattern "Liver Fire insulting the Lungs" which we describe below.
But before we delve into Liver Fire insulting the Lungs here is an overview of the Western conditions it is commonly associated with:
Again it wouldn't be correct to say "Ke Xie Fang treats pulmonary tuberculosis" for instance. Rather, Ke Xie Fang is used to treat Liver Fire insulting the Lungs, which is sometimes the root cause behind pulmonary tuberculosis.
Now let's look at Liver Fire insulting the Lungs, a pattern that TCM practitioners commonly treat with Ke Xie Fang.
The Liver is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Liver in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)
Symptoms: Asthma Thirst Red face Headaches Dizziness Constipation Breathlessness Bloodshot eyes Scanty and dark urine Bitter taste in the mouth Cough with yellow or blood-tinged sputum Distention and pain in the chest and hypochondria
Ke Xie Fang is sometimes prescribed by TCM practitioners to treat Liver Fire insulting the Lungs. This pattern leads to symptoms such as breathlessness, asthma, distention and pain in the chest and hypochondria and cough with yellow or blood-tinged sputum. Patients with Liver Fire insulting the Lungs typically exhibit wiry (Xian) pulses.
Liver-Qi Stagnation, which is necessary for this pattern to develop, causes the feeling of distension of the chest and hypochondrium. If it persists over a long period of time, it can turn into Liver... read more about Liver Fire insulting the Lungs