Xi Yang Shen - American Ginseng Root

TCM Materia Medica

Xi Yang Shen TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "xi yang shen" which in english is "american ginseng root", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify yin" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, kidney and lung channels and exhibits bitter (ku), cold (han) and sweet (gan) 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: 2.5-9g

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

  • Benefits qi, generates fluids, nourishes yin - for yin deficiency with heat signs, weakness, irritability and thirst after a febrile disease.
  • Nurtures lung yin and clears fire from the lungs - wheezing, coughing up blood streaked sputum, loss of voice due to lung yin deficiency.

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

  • Qing Shu Yi Qi Tang Wan (Clear Summer Heat and Augment the Qi) - Please note that there are two formulas with the same name …
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    As noted above, xi yang shen is within the herbs that tonify yin functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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