Xi Xian Cao - Siegesbeckia Plant

TCM Materia Medica

Xi Xian Cao TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "xi xian cao" which in english is "siegesbeckia plant", is categorized within the "herbs that dispel wind dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and liver channels and exhibits bitter (ku) and cold (han) 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: 6-15g

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

  • Dispels wind-heat-damp bi - facial paralysis, hemiplegia.
  • Calms the spirit, pacifies the liver - irritability, insomnia, liver yang rising, headache, dizziness.

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

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Wind-cold-damp bi syndromes with particular issues in the lower back and legs - sciatic pain, heaviness in the lower body, hip and knee pain, arthritis in those areas (osteo or rheumatoid).

As noted above, xi xian cao is within the herbs that dispel wind dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... for wind-dampness from the muscle, sinews, joints, and bones; bi-syndromes. wind-predominant bi (xing bi) - pain moves from joint to joint. cold-predominant bi (tong bi) - severe, fixed pain that is made worse by cold. damp-predominant b…)".

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