Tian Nan Xing - Arisaema

TCM Materia Medica

Tian Nan Xing TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "tian nan xing" which in english is "arisaema", is categorized within the "herbs that transform phlegm cold" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver, lung and spleen channels and exhibits acrid, 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: 4.5-9g

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

  • Dries dampness and expels phlegm - cough and distension in the chest, extremely drying.
  • Disperses wind-phlegm in the channels and stops spasms - dizziness, numbness, facial paralysis, spasms in the hands and feet, stroke, seizures, lockjaw.
  • Reduces swelling and alleviates pain (topically).

Tian Nan Xing has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid during Pregnancy.

As noted above, tian nan xing 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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