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Tan Xiang (Sandalwood (Heartwood))

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Warm Tan Xiang (Lignum Santali Albi)
Spicy, Warm, Aromatic
Lignum Santali Albi
Tone Marks:
tán xiāng


  • Moves Qi and Harmonize Stomach
    Used for abdominal pain, epigastric pain, vomiting of clear fluids, poor appetite, hiccups, nausea in the chest and throat region, and belching.
  • Disperses Cold and Relieves Pain
    Relieves constricting chest pain, angina, dyspnea, and feelings of chest oppression. Also treats cold and pain in the abdomen and epigastric region

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use on patients with Fire or Yin Deficiency Heat
  • Do not use during vomiting due to heat
  • Use with caution during pregnancy due to possible abortifacient effect

Herb-Drug Interactions

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

Toxicity and Overdose

  • None Noted


  • 1-3 grams in decoction (Chen)
  • 2-5 grams in decoction (Bensky)

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

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