Tan Xiang


Tan Xiang in TCM:

Explore the properties of Tan Xiang according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: santalum, sandalwood
Pharmaceutical Name: Lignum Santali Albi
Properties: acrid, warm, aromatic

Temperature: warm

Channels: LU, SP, HT

Flavors: aromatic, pungent

Special Properties:
circulates qi, disperses cold

Actions / Indications:
  • Promotes movement of qi; disperses cold; alleviates pain (pain due to stagnant qi in chest, epigastrium, abdomen; lack of appetite or vomiting; chest bi syndrome; recent use for coronary artery disease)
  • CC: yin deficiency with heat
  • Cooking: add near the end (decoct short time)

    Special Notes:
  • Tan Xiang and Mu Xiang are similar to regulate qi, but Tan Xiang is stronger to relieve chest painf from cold bi while Mu Xiang is more effective to relieve abdominal pain caused by cold and qi stagnation in the middle jiao.