Ma Chi Xian - Purslane, Portulaca

TCM Materia Medica

Ma Chi Xian TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "ma chi xian" which in english is "purslane, portulaca", is categorized within the "herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine and liver channels and exhibits cold (han) and sour (suan) 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: 15-60g

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

  • Clears fire toxicity and cools the blood - damp-heat of fire toxin dysentery, hot or bloody lin syndrome.
  • Clears damp-heat and treats sores - fire toxin carbuncles or sores, as well as red and white vaginal discharge.
  • Antidote for wasp stings and snakebites.

As noted above, ma chi xian is within the herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... toxins for the purpose of this categorization means fevers and other adverse effects of infectious diseases where patients are clinically sick. )".

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