Dai Zhe Shi


Dai Zhe Shi in TCM:

Explore the properties of Dai Zhe Shi according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: Hematite
Pharmacuetical Name: Haematitum
Properties: bitter, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: HT, LV

Flavors: bitter

Special Properties:
circulates qi, circulates blood, clears heat, stops bleeding

    Alternate Forms:
  • Sheng: use to calm, anchor yang, redirect rebellious qi
  • Cui: use to cool blood and stop bleeding (Cui: is a tempering process of preparing by frying, dipping in vinegar, then pulverizing)

Actions / Indications:
  • Calms LV; Anchors floating Yang; Clears LV Fire (headache, tinnitus, dizziness, vertigo, manic-depressive disorder, seizures)
  • Strongly redirects rebellious qi downward (rebellious qi in LU or ST: belching, vomiting, hiccups; acute or chronic wheezing)
  • Cools blood; stops bleeding (vomiting blood, nosebleeds, uterine bleeding, or blood in stool due to hot blood; can be used in combination for bleeding due to deficient cold)

    Special Notes:
  • Stimulates smooth muscle of the intestines to increase peristalsis
  • Compare Dai Zhe Shi, which is bitter and cold, to Chi Shi Zhi which is warm and used mainly for lower jiao bleeding.
  • Dai Zhe Shi is often paired with Xuan Fu Hua to treat rebellious qi.

  • (cc: pregnancy caution)
  • (cc: cautioned against long term use: contains minute levels or arsenic salts, which can accumulate into toxic levels)