Xiang Fu - Nut Grass Rhizome

TCM Materia Medica

Xiang Fu TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "xiang fu" which in english is "nut grass rhizome", is categorized within the "herbs that regulate the qi" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver and triple heater channels and exhibits acrid, bitter (ku), neutral (ping) 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: 4.5-12g

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

  • Spreads and regulates the Qi, soothes the liver - hypochondriac pain, epigastric distention, disharmony between the liver and the spleen.
  • Regulates menses, alleviates pain (by resolving liver qi stagnation) - dysmenorrhea, irregular menses.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, xiang fu is generally included in the following 9 formulas:

  • Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan (Bupleurum Powder to Spread the Liver) - Liver qi stagnation signs - hypochondriac tension, abdomina…
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  • Chen Xiang Hua Qi Wan (Aquilaria Qi Transforming Pills) - For spleen qi deficiency with damp heat accumulation in the…
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  • Ge Xia Zhu Yu Wan (Drive Out Blood Stasis Below The Diaphragm Decoction) - For blood stasis below the diaphgram - abdominal masses, li…
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  • Nuan Gong Yun Zi Wan (Warm Uterus & Conception Pills) - Infertility, history of miscarriage due to blood deficiency…
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  • Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan (Abdominal Stasis Relief Pills) - Qi and blood stagnation in the lower jiao - lower abdominal…
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  • Shen Tong Zhu Yu Wan (Remove Stagnant Blood from a Painful Body Pills) - Qi and Blood stagnation blocking the channels and collatera…
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  • Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan (Aucklandia Amomi Nurture Stomach Pills) - Low appetite, apathy towards eating due to spleen qi defici…
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  • Yue Ju Wan (Escape Restraint Pill) - An important formula for plum pit qi and related issues ari…
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    As noted above, xiang fu 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…)".

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