Ze Xie - Water Plantain Root

TCM Materia Medica

Ze Xie TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "ze xie" which in english is Ze Xie herb"water plantain root", is categorized within the "herbs that drain dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and urinary bladder channels and exhibits 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: 6-15g

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

  • Promotes urination, drains damp-heat in the lower burner - urinary difficulty, edema, diarrhea.
  • Drains deficient kidney fire - heat signs, dizziness, tinnitus.

Ze Xie may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: diarrhea, dizziness (vertigo), edema and/or tinnitus

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, ze xie is generally included in the following 15 formulas:

  • Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan (Pinellia, Atractylodis and Gastrodia Combination) - Nausea with possible vomitting from combination of damp wit…
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  • Dan Gui Shao Yao Wan (Dang Gui And Peony Powder) - Blood deficiency with poor water circulation - generally …
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  • Er Long Zuo Ci Wan (Deafness Left Supporting Pills) - Ringing in the ears/tinnitus. Unblocks the ears - useful f…
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  • Geng Nian An Wan (Peaceful Menopause) - Menopause symtpoms including hot flashes, night sweats, moo…
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  • Jiang Dan Gu Chun Wan (Contribute To Youthfulness Pills) - For high cholesterol, generally focuses on strengthening me…
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  • Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan (Kidney Qi Pill from the Golden Cabinet) - Lethargy, low libedo, frequent urination with possible inco…
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  • Li Niao Pai Shi Wan (Water Stone Removal Pill) -  Useful for a range of calcifications/stones - kidney stone…
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  • Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (Six Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia) - Dizziness, tinnitus, possibly vertigo as a result of kidn…
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  • Long Dan Xie Gan Wan (Gentiana Purge Liver Formula) - Hypochondriac pain, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability…
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  • Ming Mu Di Huang Wan (Rehmannia Pills to Brighten the Eyes) - Blurry vision, floaters, possibly with dryness of the eyes …
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  • Qian Lie Shu Wan (Prostate Comfort Pills) - Frequent and/or urgent urination, dribbling, incontinence. …
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  • Qi Ju Di Huang Wan (Lycii Chrysanthemum Teapills) - Yin deficiency symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, night s…
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  • 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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  • Wu Ling San Wan (Five-Ingredient Powder with Poria) - Generally used, often in conjunction with other formulas, a…
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  • Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan (Eight Flavor Rehmannia Teapills) - Steaming bone syndrome - dry and intensive persuasive sensa…
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    As noted above, ze xie is within the herbs that drain dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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