Editor-in-chief Zhang Yujian
"Storytelling and Chinese Medicine Book One"
83. Potentilla's story
Potentilla is also called "toad grass." There is also such a story about the origin of the name toad grass.
Once upon a time, in a small village, there was a young man named Liu Jiuyun who used hunting to support his family. He is very diligent and has excellent archery skills.
One day, as usual, he came to the mountain to hunt. But this day was not very lucky. It has been a long time since I haven't found a prey yet. He did not give up and continued to search for prey. As I walked, I came to a stream and heard the sound of frogs. Following the sound, a little toad was sitting on a rock and croaking. And just not far away, there was an eye-catching python. It was too late, it was fast, just as the python was about to pounce on the toad, a sharp arrow shot through and anchored the python, the python could not move, and it was caught with his hand. The little toad was frightened and ran away. Although this python is not very big, it can give the whole family a meal. Liu Jiuyun happily carried the python back home.
That night, Liu Jiuyun suffered from hemorrhoids. He was very painful, tossing and turning, unable to sleep. At this time, a big toad jumped up to him with some grass, and also spoke. I could only hear the toad say: "Young man, I am a toad spirit who has practiced for 1,000 years. Thank you very much for saving my son today. If it weren't for you, my son might have been eaten by that python. Look at what you have now. Looks like, you have hemorrhoids. I have some herbs here that can cure hemorrhoids. You need to mash it and apply it externally." After speaking, the toad disappeared out of thin air. Liu Jiuyun, who was suffering from unbearable pain, hurriedly followed the instructions of the toad essence. Sure enough, after applying these herbs, he felt a lot cooler, not so painful, and finally fell asleep. After a few days, he applied this herbal medicine externally, and slowly, the hemorrhoids were controlled. Later, whenever someone had hemorrhoids, they would take some of these herbs back for external use, and they would have good results. People asked him what kind of miracle medicine this was, he thought about it, and then said: Guan "is toad grass". So frog grass was spread like this.
【Name of Medicine】Potentilla
[Alias] Chinese cabbage, root vegetables, wild dove flowers, Huangzhou pasqueflower, agrimony, azure ground white, blue sky white ground root, small hair medicine, tiger claw rong, toad grass, old crow ling, old crow claw, regional grass , Hairy chicken legs, pheasant arms, chervil, dysentery grass, chicken feet grass.
【Properties】Bitterness and coldness. Return to the liver and large intestine meridian.
【Efficacy】clearing heat and detoxification, cooling blood, stopping dysentery.
1. Heat toxin and diarrhea: This product is bitter and cold, clearing away heat and toxins, and is better than clearing and purging large intestine heat toxins. It can be used alone to treat diarrhea due to heat and diarrhea or damp-heat diarrhea, dysentery pus, fever, abdominal pain, tenesmus, chronic dysentery, etc. Symptoms; also used with Phellodendron, Pulsatilla, and Portulaca.
2. Hemorrhage due to heat and blood: This product is cold and cool, enters the liver and divides the blood into the menstrual blood, can clear the blood and cool the blood to stop bleeding. It can be used to treat hemorrhoids bleeding and cut hemorrhage by using this product alone to grind the powder, or use fresh products to smash and apply externally to the affected area. It is also often used with Guanzhong, Imperata cylindrica, madder, thistle, and small thistle to treat bloody fever. Symptoms of uterine bleeding, menorrhagia, blood in the urine, blood in the stool, etc.
In addition, this product can also be used for carbuncle, swelling, sore, rheumatism, etc.
[Usage and Dosage] Decoction, 9-15g. Appropriate amount of fresh products for external use, decoct and wash or pound to apply the affected area.