sweet, slightly bitter, slightly cold; affinity to Sp., Lu. meridians tonifies Qi, nourishes Yin, promotes generation of body fluids
sweet, neutral; affinity to 12 meridians [mainly Sp., St. meridians nourishes spleen, benefits the Qi; moistens lungs, eliminates phlegm, relieves cough; detoxifies pathogens; moderates and harmonizes effects of other herbs; alleviates spasm and convulsion Sho Yao Gan Cao Tang: Traditionally used in combination with Peony White (Bai Shao) for acute abdomen case.
bitter, sour, slightly cold; affinity to Liv. & Sp. meridian nourishes blood, regulates menstruation; pacifies liver, alleviates pain; restrains Yin, adjusts Yin and Wei level, reduces sweat;
moistens lungs, relieves cough, clears heart fire, calms the Shen
regulates and promotes Qi, warms the middle, mostly removes Qi blockage in lungs and spleen, drains dampness, eliminates stagnation in abdomen & chest
dissolves food stagnation from meat and fat, relieves abdominal distention; breaks up stagnant Qi, eliminates blood stasis, circulates blood, reduces fat element, especially cholesterol
tonifies spleen Qi, drains dampness; invigorates fluid circulation, relieves edema; consolidates the exterior, alleviates profuse sweat; pacifies womb, calms restless fetus