Xi Xin (Chinese Wild Ginger, Asarum)

Xi Xin (Chinese Wild Ginger, Asarum)

Herb 12 of 16 in Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior

Warm Xi Xin (Herba Asari Cum Radice)
Photo Note:
Xi Xin Gen Shown
Spicy, Warm
Herba Asari Cum Radice
Tone Marks:
xì xīn
Thin Spicy
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Releases the Exterior, Disperses Cold
    For all exterior cold patterns, especially if accompanied by underlying Yang Deficiency or internal dampness.
  • Stops Pain from cold
    For Wind-Cold causing body aches, headache, and toothache.
  • Warms the Lungs
    For copious cold phlegm, congested fluids, and nasal congestion.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Caution in cases of lung heat, Yin Deficiency, qi Deficiency with sweating, and headache from blood Deficiency. Traditionally contraindicated with Fructus Corni Officinalis (shan zhu yu), Radix Astragali Membranacei (huang qi), and Talcum (hua shi). Caution in patients with renal problems.

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 1-3 grams.
  • Part used: whole plant.

Chinese Herb Notes

  • Apply powder directly to affected area for nasal and oral problems.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

This herb is incompatible with:
  • Li Lu (Radix Et Rhizoma Veratri)

References Used

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