Xiang Ru (Aromatic Madder, Elsholtzia)

Xiang Ru (Aromatic Madder, Elsholtzia)

Herb 13 of 16 in Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior

Slightly Warm Xiang Ru (Herba Elsholtziae)
Spicy, Aromatic, Slightly Warm
Herba Elsholtziae
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Expels Summerheat From the Exterior and Dampness From the Interior
    For exterior disorders in the summer or dampness with chills, fever, headache, lack of sweat, diarrhea, and body ache.
  • Promotes Urination
    For edema and dysuria, especially during an exterior disorder.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Contraindicated for exterior deficiency syndrome with sweating. Add Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis (huang qin) or Rhizoma Coptidis (huang lian) to reduce tendency of this herb to cause vomiting, or take at a cool temperature.

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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 3-9 grams. Cook 10-15 minutes for exterior condition, cook longer for edema and make into a concentrated decoction.
  • Part used: whole herb.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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