Zi Wan


Zi Wan in TCM:

Explore the properties of Zi Wan according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: aster, tatarian aster root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Asteris
Properties: bitter, sweet, slightly warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: LU

Flavors: sweet, bitter

Special Properties:
resolves phlegm

    Alternate Forms:
  • sheng- for acute cough
  • mi zhi- for chronic coughs needing moistening function

Actions / Indications:
  • Moistens LU; stops cough; dissolves phlegm (chronic cough due to profuse phlegm, LU heat with copious yellow sputum, or LU yin deficiency. , kuan dong hua: various types of cough particularly with cold symptoms) (zi wan: productive cough, acute or chronic, hot or cold)

    Special Notes:
  • Zi Wan is often paired with Bai Bu and Kuan Dong Hua to stop cough. Zi Wan is the strongest of the three.