Chinese herbs for lubricating dry symptoms

In Chinese medicine, Chinese herbs for lubricating dry symptoms are used to lubricate a dry disease. Dry diseases can be either internal or external and this class of herbs is used for treating both categories. Internal dryness may give rise to dry skin, constipation, discharge of dry and solid stools, discharge of scanty urine, thirst, dry throat with cracked lips and sleeplessness; external dryness may give rise to absence of perspiration in hot weather, blood in sputum, dry cough, dry nose and dry skin.

This class of herbs is divided into three subclasses. The first subclass consists of herbs for lubricating the lungs. Herbs in this subclass are used to treat dryness of the lungs and yin deficiency of the lungs, which can manifest in the following ailments: loss of voice, coughing up blood, dry cough, atrophic rhinitis, the common cold, influenza, bronchitis, diabetes insipidus, throat pain, dry nose and throat and tickle in the throat. The second subclass consists of herbs for producing fluids and strengthening the stomach. These herbs are used to produce fluids in the stomach, mostly for the treatment of yin deficiency of the stomach, manifesting as diabetes mellitus, morbid hunger, dry lips, or stomachache. The third subclass consists of herbs for watering the yin (to increase yin energy in the body, as in watering a plant) and lubricating dryness of the intestines. These herbs are mostly used to treat yin exhaustion, dryness of the intestines and dry constipation.

Herbs in this class can slow down movements inside the body, including energy circulation, blood circulation and digestion. So, for this reason, those with poor energy circulation, poor blood circulation, or chronic indigestion, should avoid this class of herbs.


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