Xie Bai - Chive Bulb

TCM Materia Medica

Xie Bai TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "xie bai" which in english is "chive bulb", is categorized within the "herbs that regulate the qi" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine, lung and stomach 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
  • Fresh: 30-60g

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

  • Unblocks the yang Qi and disperses cold phlegm - damp-cold bi of the chest due to cold turbid phlegm preventing the flow of yang qi - chest, flank, or upper back pain, dyspnea, coughing, wheezing, stifling sensation in the chest.
  • Promotes the movement of Qi and Blood, alleviates pain - epigastric fullness, distention, abdominal pain, chest pain due to blood obstructing the heart channel.
  • Directs Qi downward, reduces stagnation - damp stagnation in the large intestine (dysenteric disorders).

As noted above, xie bai 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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