Niu Xi


Niu Xi in TCM:

Explore the properties of Niu Xi according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: cyathula, medicinal cyathula root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Cyathulae
Properties: bitter, sour, neutral

Temperature: neutral

Channels: KD, LV

Flavors: bitter, sour

Special Properties:
circulates blood, clears heat, clears damp

    Alternate Forms:
  • chuan niu xi - more for invigorating blood and clearing damp-heat
  • huai niu xi - more for tonifying LV and KI and for inducing downward movement of blood
  • note: sheng (raw and/or fresh) is for invigorating, clearing, or inducing downward movement
  • note: zhi (fried) is more for tonifying

Actions / Indications:
  • Invigorates blood and expels blood stasis (postpartum abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, lochioschesis, lower back and knee pain due to blood stasis)
  • Tonifies LV and KD; strengthens bones and sinews (lumbago, pain, soreness, and weak of low back, knees)
  • Clears Damp Heat in the lower jiao (hematuria, damp-heat knee pain or low back pain: burning lin syndrome or edema; vaginal discharge)
  • Induces downward movement of blood (reckless movement of hot blood causing bleeding, Stomach fire, or LV yang rising: dizziness, headache, blurred vision)

    Special Notes:
  • Niu Xi is the name that refers to both Chuan Niu Xi and Huai Niu Xi.

  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: diarrhea due to SP deficiency)
  • (cc: weak KI qi with excessive menstruation, spermatorrhea)