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Ban Xia (Fa) #1068M

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Pin Ying Name: Ban Xia (Fa)

Chinese Name: 半夏(法)

English Name: Pinellia (Prepared)

Latin Name: Pinelliae, Rhizoma

Herbs that Transform Phlegm and Stop Coughing (Antitussives): Warm Herbs that Transform Cold Phlegm
Category
Properties
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Acrid
Warm
Toxic
Lung
Spleen
Stomach
Heart
3-19g
Actions & Indications
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage

Dries Dampness and transforms Phlegm

  • Cold-Phlegm in the Lungs (cough with copious sputum)
  • Especially effective for Damp-Phlegm of the Spleen (Cold-Damp Stagnation)

Descends Rebellious Qi and stops vomiting (harmonizes the Stomach)

  • Vomiting due to Phlegm-Damp in the Stomach (Tan Yin), Cold thin mucus, Stomach Deficiency, Stomach Heat or pregnancy

Dissipates nodules and reduces Stagnation (clumps)

  • Phlegm in the chest (nodules, pressure, distention, pain)
  • Phlegm nodules in the neck (goiter, scrofula)
  • Focal distension in the chest and epigastrium
  • Obstruction caused by Phlegm anywhere in the body

Treats sores, skin ulcerations and carbuncles and reduces swelling (external)

  • Topically as a powder for sores, skin ulcerations and carbuncles
Contraindications
  • Use caution for those with dry cough due to Yin Deficiency or Body Fluid Deficiency.
  • Use caution for those with hemoptysis or sore throat due to Fire.
  • Use caution for those with headache due to Blood Deficiency.
  • Use caution in all cases with Heat.
  • Use caution for those with wheezing due to Qi Deficiency.
  • Use caution for those with insomnia due to Heart channel Blood Deficiency.
  • Use caution during pregnancy.
  • The fresh herb is toxic and should be used only for external application.