Traditional Chinese Medicine - Sacred Lotus Arts Please Support
Chinese Medicine!
Chinese Herbs "The Kidneys produce Marrow, fill up the Brain, and rule the Bones"
Learn the Chinese Herbs!
TCM Herb Qualities
Tastes & Properties TCM Herb Explorer
General TCM Herbs
Drug Interactions Incompatible Herbs Toxic or Endangered Latin Name Notes

San Leng (Bur Reed Rhizome)

Previous Herb in CategoryNext Herb in Category Herb 19 of 34 in Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Remove Stagnation

Neutral San Leng (Rhizoma Sparganii)
Bitter, Spicy, Neutral
Rhizoma Sparganii
Tone Marks:
sān léng
Three Edges


  • Breaks Blood Stasis, Moves Qi, Relieves Pain
    One of the strongest herbs for Blood Stasis, it is reserved for severe pain with palpable masses. Also for amenorrhea, dysmenorrheal, postpartum abdominal pain, and abdominal masses.
  • Dissolves Accumulations
    For Food Stagnation and Qi Stagnation resulting in severe abdominal pain and distention

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use during pregnancy. This herb has been shown to cause teratogenic (birth defects) effects.
  • Do not use for patients with hypermenorrhea

Herb-Drug Interactions

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

Toxicity and Overdose

  • None Noted


  • 3-9 grams in decoction (Bensky)
  • 3-10 grams in decoction (Chen)

This herb antagonizes or is antagonized by: