Chinese Herb: Xiang Ru (Aromatic Madder, Elsholtzia), Herba Elsholtziae
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Chinese Herb: Xiang Ru (Aromatic Madder, Elsholtzia), Herba Elsholtziae

Herb 11 of 16 in Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior

Slightly Warm Xiang Ru (Herba Elsholtziae)
Channels:
LU, ST
Properties:
Spicy, Aromatic, Slightly Warm
Latin:
Herba Elsholtziae
Chinese:
香薷
Tone Marks:
xiāng rú

Chinese Herb Actions

  • Expels Summerheat From the Exterior and Dampness From the Interior
    For exterior disorders in the summer or dampness with chills, fever, headache, lack of sweat, diarrhea, and body ache.
  • Promotes Urination
    For edema and dysuria, especially during an exterior disorder.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Contraindicated for exterior deficiency syndrome with sweating. Add Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis (huang qin) or Rhizoma Coptidis (huang lian) to reduce tendency of this herb to cause vomiting, or take at a cool temperature.

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 3-9 grams. Cook 10-15 minutes for exterior condition, cook longer for edema and make into a concentrated decoction.
  • Part used: whole herb.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

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