Xi Xin - Chinese Wild Ginger

TCM Materia Medica

Xi Xin TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "xi xin" which in english is "chinese wild ginger", is categorized within the "herbs that release the exterior wind cold" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and lung channels and exhibits acrid 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: 1-3g

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

  • Supporting herb for exterior cold, useful when primary symptoms are head/body aches, particularly with dampness and/or KD Yang Deficiency
  • Dispels wind, disperses cold, alleviates pain
  • Transforms phlegm - wind-cold w/cough
  • Unblocks Qi - nasal congestion

Xi Xin has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid in Qi Deficiency w/profuse sweating
  • Avoid in yin deficient cough
  • Avoid in blood deficiency headaches

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

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    As noted above, xi xin is within the herbs that release the exterior wind cold functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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