Xuan Shen, Radix Scrophulariae, Figwort Root
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Common Name: Figwort Root
Chinese Name: Xuan Shen 玄参, Yuan Shen 元参
Latin Name: Radix Scrophulariae
Other Name: Scrophularia Ningpoensis, Scrophularia Buergeriana, 重台、正马、玄台、鹿肠、鬼藏、端、咸、逐马、馥草、黑参、野脂麻、元参、山当归、水萝卜
Origin: Zhejiang, Sichuan, Hubei. In addition, Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi Province, China
Storage: Keep in cool, dry and no light place
More About This TCM (In English):
Bitter, sweet, salty, light cold; heart, stomach, kidney, lung meridians entered.
Clear heat and cool blood, purge fire, remove toxicity, nourish yin for lowering fire.
A. Heat entering nutrient-blood in warm diseases
Its action of heat-clearing and blood-cooling is quite similar but a little bit weaker than that of Di Huang, but it has the actions of body fluid-promoting and dryness-moistening by means of nourishing stomach yin; and it can purge fire and remove toxicity although no action of stopping bleeding, so it is indicated for syndrome of heat entering nutrient-blood in warm disease. In addition, with the actions of clearing heat and cooling blood as well as purging fire and removing toxicity, it is commonly indicated for syndrome of interior invasion by heat-toxicity in warm diseases which results in dual blaze of qi and blood manifested as coma, delirium, and macula.
B. Swollen and sore throat, sores and abscess, scrofula and sucutaneous nodule
It can purge fire, remove toxicity, nourish yin for lowering fire, and excels in alleviating sore throat, so it is the commonly used herb for sore throat no matter caused by toxicity-heat accumulation or up-flaming of deficiency-fire. With the actions of purging fire and removing toxicity, cooling blood and nourishing yin, it can also be used in treating both syndrome of heat-toxicity manifested as sore and abscess with swelling pain, and syndrome of yin deficiency with effulgent fire and accumulation of phlegm and fire manifested as scrofula and sucutaneous nodule.
C. Yin deficiency with body fluid consumption, strain cough and bone-steaming
It has the actions of nourishing kidney, lung and stomach yin, and excels in lowering deficiency heat, so it is widely indicated for yin deficiency syndrome of kidney, lung and stomach, and should be combined with yin-nourishing herbs corresponding to related organs.
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