Chen Xiang - Aloeswood

TCM Materia Medica

Chen Xiang TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "chen xiang" which in english is Chen Xiang herb"aloeswood", is categorized within the "herbs that regulate the qi" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney, spleen and stomach channels and exhibits acrid, aromatic, bitter (ku) 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: 1.5-3g (use in powder, do not decoct)

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

  • Promotes the movement of Qi, alleviates pain - distention and pain in abdominal region due to cold from deficiency or blood stasis.
  • Directs rebellious Qi downward - excess/deficiency wheezing, vomiting, belching, hiccups due to cold from deficiency of the middle jiao.
  • Helps the kidneys grasp Qi - asthma and wheezing.

Chen Xiang may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: abdominal pain, hiccups, vomiting and/or wheezing (dyspnea)

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, chen xiang is generally included in the following 1 formula:

ViewHui Chun Wan (Recovery Special Pill)

Most often used for childhood convulsions (possibly with wheezing, nausea, nighttime crying, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive mucus/saliva) or other conditions that involve fever, impaired or loss of …

As noted above, chen xiang is within the herbs that regulate the qi functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... used with qi disorders involving deficiency and stagnation. these herbs are primarily used for stagnation involving the spleen and stomach, constrained liver qi, and stagnant lung qi. )".

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