Ban Xia


Ban Xia in TCM:

Explore the properties of Ban Xia according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: pinellia, pinellia tuber
Pharmaceutical Name: Rhizoma Pinelliae
Properties: toxic, acrid, warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: LU, ST, SP

Flavors: toxic, pungent

Special Properties:
disperses cold, clears damp, eliminates toxins, resolves phlegm, reduces swelling

    Alternate Forms:
  • fa (deep fried with ginger, vinegar, ming fan) - used to dry dampness: fa ban xia
  • jiang zhi: used to stop vomiting (not contra-indicated for pregnancy)
  • sheng: TOXIC, used for topical use only

Actions / Indications:
  • Dries dampness, transforms phlegm (cough w/ copious phlegm, phlegm-cold in Lung, especially effective if the dampness is due to SP, also for headache or dizziness due to phlegm disturbing the LU)
  • Redirects ST qi downward; stops vomit (nausea and vomiting due to phlegm-damp, ST deficiency or ST heat w/ appropriate combination; morning sickness)
  • Dissipate nodules; reduces distension (phlegm nodules; goiter, scrofula, distension, fullness, pressure and pain in chest and epigastrium)
  • Reduces swelling; relieves pain (swellings, carbuncles, snake bite; topical use with sheng form)

    Other Notes:
  • Ban Xia is toxic. In its raw (sheng) form it should be used only externally. Cooking it for an extended period minimizes its toxicity.
  • The Eighteen Incompatabilities stated that Wu Tou is incompatible with Ban Xia, but recent studies have not corraberated this theory therefore the validity of this is under question.

  • (cc: bleeding of any type)
  • (cc: cough due to yin deficiency or depleted fluids)
  • (note: incompatible with wu tou, fu zi)