Tian Nan Xing


Tian Nan Xing in TCM:

Explore the properties of Tian Nan Xing according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: arisaema, jack-in-the-pulpit tuber
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Arisaematis
Properties: bitter, acrid, warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: LU, SP, LV

Flavors: bitter, pungent

Special Properties:
clears damp, eliminates toxins, resolves phlegm

    Alternate Forms:
  • Zhi - internal use
  • Sheng - topical use only
  • Dan Nan Xing- bitter, cool; prepared with cow bile; clears and transforms phlegm-heat; extinguishes wind; arrests tremors; 3-6g;

Actions / Indications:
  • Dries dampness, transforms phlegm (cough, stifling sensation, distension in chest due to stubborn phlegm)
  • Dispels wind-phlegm in channels to stops spasms (LV wind with rising phlegm stagnation; dizziness, numbness in limbs, facial paralysis, lockjaw, spasms in hands and feet, opisthotonos, epilepsy, stroke, seizure)
  • Clears toxicity; reduces swelling (ulcers, deep-rooted sores, carbuncles, joint pain and swelling, modern use for rheumatoid arthritis, cervical cancer, use fresh topically)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: yin deficiency, dry phlegm)

    Special Notes:
  • Compare to Ban Xia. Ban Xia mainly treats damp phlegm while Tian Nan Xing mainly treats wind phlegm.
  • Tian Nan Xing and Dan Nan Xing are similar but Tian Nan Xing is bitter, warm, and dry. Dan Nan Xing is bitter, cool, and moistening.