Xuan Shen


Xuan Shen in TCM:

Explore the properties of Xuan Shen according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: scrophularia, figwort root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Scrophulariae
Properties: bitter, sweet, salty, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: LU, ST, KD

Flavors: sweet, bitter, salty
Tonifies: yin

Special Properties:
circulates blood, clears heat, eliminates toxins, resolves phlegm, resolves dryness, clears deficent heat

Actions / Indications:
  • Cools blood heat (heat in ying level of warm febrile disease damaging yin: fever, dry mouth, purple tongue, irritability, insomnia)
  • Nourishes Yin, Drains Dryness (xiao ke; constipation; sequelae of warm-febrile disease and Lung yin deficiency; dry cough and throat, blood tinged sputum; irritability)
  • Clears Toxic Heat (abcess, ulceration, sore throat, mumps; carbuncles; yin deficient fire)
  • Softens Hardness; Disperses Nodules (swelling, pain, phlegm fire scrofula, goiter, neck lumps)
  • (cc: SP/ST deficiency)

    Special Notes:
  • Combine Xuan Shen with Cang Zhu for excellent results lowering plasma glucose levels in patients with diabetes mellitus.
  • Incompatible with Li Lu