Chinese Herb: Xi Jiao (Rhinoceros Horn), Cornu Rhinoceri

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Chinese Herb: Xi Jiao (Rhinoceros Horn), Cornu Rhinoceri

Herb 7 of 11 in Herbs that Cool the Blood

Cold Xi Jiao (Cornu Rhinoceri)
Shui Niu Jiao (water buffalo) Shown
Channels:
HT, LIV, ST
Properties:
Bitter, Salty, Cold
Latin:
Cornu Rhinoceri
Chinese:
犀角
Tone Marks:
xī jiăo

Chinese Herb Actions

  • Relieves Pathogenic Heat in the Blood and Stops Bleeding
    For extreme heat, very high fever, and reckless movement of hot Blood. Stops convulsions, delirium, epistaxis, and vomiting Blood.
  • Sedates Convulsions
    For tremors from heat entering the Ying or Blood levels, with loss of consciousness, tremor, or delirium.
  • Purges Fire and Reduces Toxins
    For erythema, purpura, erysipelas, and maculation.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Contraindicated during pregnancy, or for heat from blood deficiency. Only use for excess conditions, caution in cases of qi deficiency causing rash or lack of heat. Do not use with Radix Aconiti Carmichaeli (chuan wu), Sclerotium Omphaliae Lapidescens (lei wan), or Radix Aconiti Kusnezoffii (zhi cao wu).

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 1-2 grams as powder. Can be ground into liquid. Very rarely used in decoctions, however, up to 6 grams can be taken in this form.

Chinese Herb Notes

  • Xi Jiao is an endangered species. Cornu Bubali (Shui Niu Jiao) can be used in its place.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:


This herb antagonizes or is antagonized by:

This herb is considered endangered, toxic, or is illegal in the United States

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.