Ban Xia (Pinellia Rhizome)

Ban Xia (Pinellia Rhizome)

Herb 4 of 9 in Warm Herbs that Transform Phlegm-Cold

Warm Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae)
Photo Note:
Sheng Ban Xia Shown
Spicy, Warm, Toxic
Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae
Tone Marks:
bàn xià
Half Summer
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Dries Dampness and Resolves Phlegm
    For conditions where the Spleen can not properly transform damp and phlegm, it then accumulates in the Lungs with symptoms such as cough with profuse sputum.
  • Descends Rebellious Stomach Qi and Harmonizes the Stomach
    For nausea and vomiting caused by deficiency or heat in the stomach, obstruction of phlegm, or pregnancy.
  • Dissipates Nodules and Disperses Phlegm Stagnation
    For various types of nodules and swellings such as Plum Pit Qi (Globus Hystericus), scrofula, and goiter. Also for congestion, pain, pressure, or stagnation in the chest and epigastric regions.
  • Topically Heals Sores, Skin Ulcerations, Carbuncles, and Breast Abscesses
    Powdered Ban Xia can be combined with egg whites for this purpose.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Do not use in cases with dry cough or bleeding caused by Yin Deficiency, or with sore throat caused by heat.
  • Do not in Hot Phlegm conditions
  • Ban Xia is incompatible with Wou Tou

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • Fresh Ban Xia is toxic and should only be used topically, and even this may cause redness or itching throughout the body.
  • This herb is considered toxic.
    (while some Chinese herbs are toxic, it must be noted that many come prepared, or are combined, to mitigate their toxicity)

Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 5-10 grams

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

This herb is incompatible with:
  • Fu Zi (Radix Lateralis Praeparatus Aconiti Carmichaeli)
  • Cao Wu (Radix Aconiti Kusnezoffii Preparata)
  • Chuan Wu (Radix Aconiti Preparata)

References Used

The TCM information presented here has been referenced from numerous sources; including teachers, practitioners, class notes from Five Branches University, the following books, as well as other sources. If you have benefited from this information, please consider supporting the authors and their works by purchasing the books below.

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