Chapter 14. Zhishi series
Zhishi is the young fruits of plant Citrus aurantium L.
In TCM, it works to break the accumulated mass in the body,
which in nature belongs to air, gas, or phlegm. It mostly works
to remove the fullness due to the accumulation of such air- and
phlegm-type stuff. This is different to the Dahuang, that works
to remove the block or accumulation of solid stuff, such as
Zhishi is similar to the function of Hopou.
Both works to remove fullness and bloating feeling of the body.
However, Zhishi belongs to Cold herb and Houpo, a warm
herb. In clinic, they are usually used together, so that either
the Cold accumulation or a Hot accumulation can be released. In
<< Shang Han Lun >>, there are eight formula that used these two
herbs together and only one formula used only Houpo along.
Zhishi Baishu Tang
Zhishi 7 badges, Baishu 30 gram
Add the herbs and 1250 ml water into a herbal pot. Bring to boil
and keep in mild boiling until there is 750 ml herbal tea left.
Drink one third of the tea each time, three times a day.
If the upper abdomen is hard when touched, and it is big as a
big plate, it is due to the Water disease. Use Zhishi Baishu
Tang. This condition also belongs to the Lishui condition, but
the abdomen is hard and big in the upper abdomen, suggesting a
hollow stick condition,
not a fullness and pain condition, e.g. not a solid
fullness condition, so the bowel-cleansing therapy should not be
used, but the Zhishi Baishu Tang here to break down the hollow
With the Qi harshness disease, the person feels hard and solid
in the upper abdomen, the stomach enlarged as a big plate there.
This is due to Water Xieqi accumulation there. Use Guizhi qui
Shaoyao, jia Mahuang Fuzi Xixin Tang
Zhishi Shaoyao San
Zhishi (burn to black in color), Shaoyao, equal amount.
Prepare the herbs into powder. Drink 1 gram each time, three
times a day. This herbal formula can also be used for the
treatment of abscess, drinking barley soup to help swallow.
If the woman has pain in abdomen after delivery, feels annoyed
and fullness in abdomen, and feels hard to fall into sleep, use
Zhishi Shaoyao San.
Master: for woman after delivery has pain in stomach, Zhishi
Shaoyao San should be used. If it does not work, it suggests the
presence of dry blood mass adhering under the naval. In this
case, change to Xia Yuxue Tang.
Zhishi 16 badges, Shaoyao 48 gram, Jiegen 16 gram.
Prepare the herbs into powder. Mix it with same amount of
chicken yolk. Eat the mixture once a day.
Zhishi Xiebai Guizhi
Zhishi 4 badges, Houpo 60 gram, Xiebai 125 gram, Guizhi 15 gram,
Guolushi 1 badge.
Add the Zhishi and Houpo and 1250 ml water into a herbal pot.
Bring to boil and keep in mild boiling until there is 750 ml
left. Remove the reside, add the remaining herbs in, continue to
boiling for 10 min. Drink one third of the tea each time, three
times a day.
For person with the Xiongbi disease, if he feels fullness in the
upper abdomen and in the chest, feels as there is air pushing to
the heart, use Zhishi Xiebai Guizhi Tang, or use Renshen Tang.