Tan Xiang - Sandalwood

TCM Materia Medica

Tan Xiang TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "tan xiang" which in english is "sandalwood", is categorized within the "herbs that regulate the qi" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the lung, spleen and stomach channels and exhibits acrid, aromatic 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: 3-9g
  • Powder: 1.5-3g

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

  • Promotes Qi movement, alleviates pain - chest and abdomen pain.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, tan 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, tan 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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