Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae)

Source: Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae) is from the rhizome of Pinnelia ternata (Thunb.) Breit. Following harvesting, the cortex and fibrous roots are removed, after which it is sun-dried. It can be used in its crude form or after being soaked in ginger. Other processed forms include Fabanxia (prepared with Gan Cao and lime) and Zhulibanxia (prepared with Zhu Li).

Category: Warm, Phlegm transforming.

Common Name: Pinellia Rhizome.

Channels Entered: Lung, Spleen and Stomach.

Properties and Functions: Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae) is pungent, warm and toxic in nature. Its’ main clinical functions are:

  1. Drying dampness, transforming phlegm and descending rebellious qi.
  2. Stops vomiting by descending rebellious qi.
  3. Disperses stagnation to resolve nodules and lumps whilst relieving pain.

Indications: The main presentations for the use of Ban Xia are:

  1. A cough and/or asthma with copious sputum.
  2. Nausea and vomiting due rising stomach qi, stomach deficiency, stomach-heat or during pregnancy. The nausea is oftne accompanied by cold.
  3. For nodules, lumps and stagnation, distension and/or pain. It is also used for distention in the chest and epigastrium.

Dosage: 3-10g

Cautions and Contra-Indications: Use with caution during pregnancy. The use of Ban Xia is contra-indicated in:

  1. All bleeding cases due to Yin deficiency and in patients with yin deficient dry cough.
  2. Sore throat from excess fire, with bleeding.
  3. It is incompatible with Wu Tou.