Ban Xia - Pinellia Rhizome

TCM Materia Medica

Ban Xia TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "ban xia" which in english is Ban Xia herb"pinellia rhizome", is categorized within the "herbs that transform phlegm cold" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the lung, spleen and stomach channels and exhibits acrid and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 4.5-12g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Dries dampness, transforms cold-phlegm, descends rebellious qi - cough with copious sputum especially due to dampness of spleen.
  • Harmonizes stomach, stops vomiting due to lingering phlegm-dampness in the stomach.
  • Dissipates nodules, reduces distension - phlegm in chest or neck or anywhere in the body, focal distention in the chest.

Ban Xia has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

Ban Xia may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: vomiting

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, ban xia is generally included in the following 16 formulas:

  • Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan (Pinellia, Atractylodis and Gastrodia Combination) - Nausea with possible vomitting from combination of damp wit…
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  • Ban Xia Hou Po Wan (Pinellia & Magnolia Pills) - Plum pit qi (globus hystericus) and/or difficulty with swal…
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  • Ban Xia Xie Xin Wan (Pinellia Drain Epigastrium Pills) - Distension and fullness of the epigastrium usually without …
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  • Bao He Wan (Preserve Harmony Pills) - Epigastric and or abdominal fullness or painful distention …
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  • Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang Wan (Bupleurum and Cinnamon Twig Decoction) - A combination of gui zhi tang and xiao chai hu tang - toget…
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  • Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan (Bupleurum, Dragon Bone, and Oyster Shell Formula) - Palpitations, anxiety, restlessness, agitation/irritibility…
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  • Er Chen Wan (Two Aged Herbs) - The primary base formula to resolve phlegm damp, particular…
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  • Hui Chun Wan (Recovery Special Pill) - Most often used for childhood convulsions (possibly with …
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  • Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan (Agastache Powder to Correct the Qi) - Acute flu or cold symptoms including fever, aversion to col…
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  • Ping Gan Liu Qi Yin Wan (Dang Gui And Pinellia Combination) - Liver qi stagnation with blood deficiency heat - signs of…
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  • Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan (Clear the Qi and Transform Phlegm Pill) - Cough with thick yellow or green phlegm, difficulty breathi…
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  • Su Zi Jiang Qi Wan (Perilla Fruit Pill to Direct Qi Downward) - Cough with watery, copious sputum, breathing issues such …
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  • Wen Dan Wan (Warm the Gallbladder Formula) - Anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other shen disturbances …
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  • Wen Jing Wan (Warm the Menses Formula) - Irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, excessive uterine bleed…
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  • Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan (Aucklandia, Amomi & Six Gentlemen Pills) - A modified version of the base, zhi zhu wan, which is used …
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  • Xiao Chai Hu Tang Wan (Minor Bupleurum Decoction) - Shao Yang Syndrome (or "lesser yang stage") - alternating f…
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    As noted above, ban xia is within the herbs that transform phlegm cold functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

    (truncated intro "... for phlegm-cold or phlegm-dampness patterns. most of these herbs are quite strong and many are toxic. )".

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