Ze Xie (Water Plantain Rhizome, Alisma)

Ze Xie (Water Plantain Rhizome, Alisma)

Herb 27 of 28 in Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness

Cold Ze Xie (Rhizoma Alismatis)
Sweet, Bland, Cold
Rhizoma Alismatis
Tone Marks:
zé xiè
Alt Names:
Fu Ze Xie
Marsh Drain
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Promotes Urination and Drains Damp
    For urinary disorders with pain, difficulty, or dribbling, edema, dizziness, vertigo, and diarrhea. For many disorders associated with damp and water in the lower jiao.
  • Drains Kidney Deficiency Fire
    For spermatorrhea, premature ejaculation, and nocturnal emissions associated with Kidney fire possibly due to damp heat.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Use caution in cases with Sunken Qi in the Middle Jiao.

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • Ze Xie promotes urination and may interfere with Diuretic drugs (ie - Lasix).

Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • Overdose or extended use can result in hematuria, electrolyte imbalance, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 5-10 grams in decoction or up to 30 grams in severe cases 12
  • 4.5 9 grams in decoction 13

Chinese Herb Notes

  • This herb is excellent at draining Damp due to its sweet, bland, and cold properties. It prevents excess heat from developing when combined with warm tonifying herbs.

Chinese Herb Clinical Studies & Research

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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