Acorus (菖蒲) ...Chinese Herb...
Acori Graminei; Rhizoma Acori Calami; Acorus
Chang Pu or Shi Chang Pu
of Plant Used
Heart, Liver, Spleen
Most often used in formulas to treat fainting or seizures (TCM: for dampness
and excess phlegm blocking orifices of the Heart); and for poor memory, lack
of clarity of thought, ear infections, anorexia, bloating, and parasites.
Usages and Functions
This aromatic plant strongly stimulates movement within the body to expel phlegm
and dampness . Opens the orifices; vaporizes phlegm; harmonizes the Middle Burner;
transforms turbid dampness.
Formulas Used In
Cerebral Tonic Pills; Concha Marguerita and Ligustrum.
Use with caution where there is deficient Yin. Phlegm often is poorly metabolized
yin, and the herb may "vaporize" some of the yin with the phlegm.
This, in turn, can intensify Yin-deficiency signs such as false heat. Also use
cautiously with deficient heat, or if there is irritability with excessive sweating,
vomiting of blood, or leakage of sperm.