Chuan Niu Xi


Chuan Niu Xi in TCM:

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

English Name: cyathula, medicinal cyathula root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Cyathula
Properties: bitter, sour, neutral

Temperature: neutral

Channels: KD, LV

Flavors: bitter, sour

Special Properties:
circulates blood, clears heat, clears damp, stops bleeding

    Alternate Forms:
  • zhi- more for tonifying
  • chuan niu xi- more for invigorating blood and clearing damp heat
  • huai niu xi- more for tonifying LV and KD and for inducing downward movement of blood

Actions / Indications:
  • Invigorates blood and dispels stasis (gynecological disorders due to blood stasis: dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, lochioschesis; lower back and knee pain due to blood stasis)
  • Tonifies LV and KI; strengthens bones and sinews (pain, soreness, and weakness of low back, knees)
  • Clears Damp Heat in the lower jiao (damp-heat knee pain or low back pain; lin syndrome or edema; vaginal discharge)
  • Directs fire and blood downwards (bleeding symptoms due to reckless movement of hot blood, stomach fire, or liver yang rising: dizziness, headaches, blurred vision)

    Special Notes:
  • Niu Xi is the name that refers to both Chuan Niu Xi and Huai Niu Xi
  • Similar to Huai Niu Xi, but Chuan Niu Xi is stronger to activate blood circulation, remove stasis, promote urination, and darin heat downwards. Huai Niu Xi is stronger to tonify LV and KD and strengthen bones and tendons.
  • Acute Epistaxis: 110 patients were treated with 100% success with up to 10 doses of an herbal preparation containing Niu Xi, Dai Zhe Shi, and Xian He Cao

  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: diarrhea due to SP deficiency)
  • (cc: weak KD qi with excessive menstruation spermathorrhea)