The Four Movements Of Herbs
The four movements of herbs are to push upward, to push downward, to float and to sink.
To push upward means that a given herb is capable of elevating falling symptoms, as with the prolapse of the anus and uterus or the internal organs.
To push downward means the herb is capable of suppressing upsurging symptoms, as with hiccups and cough.
To float means that the herb is capable of dispersing outward, as with inducing perspiration.
And to sink means that the herb is capable of promoting diarrhea and directing energy downward.
The herbs that can push upward and those that can float have the common functions of moving upward and outward, with such actions as inducing perspiration and vomiting as well as elevating yang energy.
On the other hand, the herbs that can push downward and those that can sink have the common functions of moving downward and inward, with such actions as relieving vomiting, checking perspiration and inducing diarrhea.
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