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Chen Xiang (Aloeswood, Aquilaria)

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Warm Chen Xiang (Lignum Aquilariae Agallochae)
Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Lignum Aquilariae Agallochae
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chén xiāng
Sinking Fragrance


  • Moves Qi and Relieves Pain
    Treats pain in the chest, epigastric and abdominal region. Used for feelings of distension in the chest and abdomen especially for problems due to cold from deficiency and Blood Stagnation
  • Directs Rebellious Qi downward, warms the middle
    Used for chronic nausea, vomiting, belching and wheezing due to cold and deficiency of the Spleen and Stomach.
  • Warms Kidneys to aid in Grasping Qi
    Treat asthma and wheezing due to Kidneys not Grasping Qi. Especially in cases where inhalation is more difficult that exhalation. Also treats coldness, soreness and weakness of the lower back and knees with a weak Kidney pulse, and spermatorrhea in men.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Use with caution in Yin deficiency with Fire patients
  • Use with caution in cases of Sunken Qi or organ prolapse

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • Allergic reactions are possible. Side effects of overdose include nausea, borborygmus, and diarrhea.


  • 1-1.5 grams post decoction (Bensky)
  • 1-1.5 grams post decoction (Chen)

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: