Xi Xin

Xi Xin

Xi Xin (Herba Asari) is from the root and stem of Asarum sieboldii Miq. or A. heteropoides Fr. var. mandshuricum. It is predominantly grown throughout north-eastern China. It is harvested from June through July and dried before use.

Category: Warm – Exterior Releasing.

Common Name: Chinese Wild Ginger.

Channels Entered: Lung, Heart and Kidney.

Properties and Functions: Xi Xin is pungent in flavour and warm in nature. It functions to:

  • Release the exterior and dispel Cold.
  • Warm the Lung and transform Phlegm.
  • Expel Wind and relieve pain.
  • Disperse and unblock Qi of the nasal orifices.

Indications: Clinical indications for use include:

  • Any exterior Cold pattern, especially with Dampness or underlying Yang deficiency.
  • External Wind-Cold affecting the Lung with congested fluids, coughing and copious, watery sputum.
  • Pain in various parts of the body, with the most common being headache, toothache or painful obstruction due to Wind and/or Cold.
  • Various types of nasal congestion.

Dosage: 1 – 3g

Cautions and Contra-Indications: Contra-indicated in cases of Qi deficiency with profuse sweating; Headache due to Blood deficiency; Cough due to Yin deficiency.