Category: W

  • Whippy

    Long, thin and bendy.  

  • Weed, weedy

    Plant thriving in disturbed habitat and disliked by speaker/writer; a plant perceived to be in the wrong place.  

  • Wart-like

    Shaped like a small irregular dome.  

  • Nacreous

    With a pearly sheen.  

  • Isadelphous

    With diadelphous stamens, with numbers in each bundle the same.  

  • Wild crafting

    Gathering herb material from wild rather than cultivated plants. Harvesting herbs from the wild. The collection of medicinal material from natural plant populations in a sustainable way.  

  • Wind

    One of the six External Pathogenic Factors. Wind has the characteristics of moving upward and attacking the exterior areas of the body. It is also a “leading pathogen” that can lead other External Pathogenic Factors into the body, such as cold, heat, or dampness. Most febrile diseases are diagnosed as an invasion of external wind.…

  • Wei syndrome

    Wei means “atrophy” in Chinese. Wei syndrome refers to a condition in which a muscle or limb has atrophied and has lost function. It is thought to be a natural consequence of untreated Bi syndrome. and is due to an obstruction in the flow of Qi and blood. This can cause a muscle or limb…

  • Wei Qi

    This type of Qi is often referred to as “defensive Qi.” Its functions are equivalent to functions that Western science attributes to the immune system. Wei Qi is derived from Gu Qi, and is dispersed throughout the body by the Lung. Wei Qi is thought to gather at the surface of the body to fight…

  • Wan

    When seen in the name of a Chinese herbal formula, this word usually means that the formula is prepared as a pill. For example: Liu Wei Di Huang Wan or Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan.