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Xiang Ru

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Name: Aromatic Madder (香薷)

Pinyin: Xiang Ru

Pharm. Name: Herba Elsholtziae

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Acrid, Aromatic

Disperse wind-cold, resolve dampness and harmonize the middle energizer, and induce diuresis to alleviate edema.

Lung
Stomach

3-10g

 

Description:

This herb is pungent, warm, and dispersing, and it can induce sweating to release the exterior and resolve dampness of the spleen and stomach. It is always used in the common cold due to wind-cold and dampness in spleen and stomach, clinically manifested as an aversion to cold, fever, headache and heavy body, no sweat, distending sensation in epigastrium, anorexia, greasy coating, or nausea and vomit, diarrhea. This herb can not only induce sweating to expel the dampness in the skin but also disperse lung-qi to dredge and regulate the water passage, induce diuresis to alleviate edema. Thus, it is also used in edema accompanied by exterior syndromes. It can be singly used or combined with other edema-alleviating herbs.

 

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