Xi Xin


Xi Xin in TCM:

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


English Name: asarum, Chinese wild ginger, Manchurian wild ginger, Seoul wild ginger, Siebold wild ginger
Pharmacuetical Name: Herba Asari
Properties: slightly toxic, acrid, warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: LU, HT, KD

Flavors: toxic, pungent

Special Properties:
disperses cold, clears damp, disperses wind, resolves phlegm, alleviates bi syndrome

Actions / Indications:
  • Release Exterior; disperse cold; alleviates pain (exterior cold dampness with underlying yang deficiency: desire to curl up in a fetal position with cold and fever; often when primary symptoms are shao yin headaches and all-over body aches; toothache; wind-cold-damp bi syndrome)
  • Warms the LU; resolves phlegm (cough, copious watery sputum, congested fluid; yin fluid retention with no heat signs)
  • Unblocks nasal orifices (nasal congestion)
  • Slightly toxic: Do not use more than 3g for any reason!! (however, in China they frequently use up to 7g for severe Yang deficiency with cold coagulation - but don't try it in the United States!)
  • (cc: qi deficiency with profuse sweating)
  • (cc: headache due to yin deficiency)
  • (cc: cough due to yin deficiency)
  • (note: incompatible with Li Lu)

    Special Notes:
  • Use with caution in renal problems as this herb can be nephrotoxic
  • For oral lesions or ulcerations use Xi Xin with Huang Lian.