Ban Xia (Pinellia Rhizome) - Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Name: Ban Xia
English Name: Pinellia Rhizome

Clinical Usage and Indications

  • Dries dampness, transforms cold-phlegm, descends rebellious qi - cough with copious sputum especially due to dampness of spleen.
  • Harmonizes stomach, stops vomiting due to lingering phlegm-dampness in the stomach.
  • Dissipates nodules, reduces distension - phlegm in chest or neck or anywhere in the body, focal distention in the chest.

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Dosage and Preparation Notes

  • Dosage: 4.5-12g

Channels/Meridians Influenced

Associated Temperature and Taste

Cautions and Contraindications

Staff Clinician Notes

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Herbal Formulas Which Include This Herb

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  • Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan

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  • Bao He Wan

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    Useful for overeating, over drinking and/or eating contaminated food.  Symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, belching, reflux, nausea, vomiting, aversion to food, possibly diarrhea.

    The Pulse will be slippery and the Tongue will often have yellow, greasy tongue coating.


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  • Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan

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    Used for heat that is lodged in the chest affecting all yang stages, also for phlegm in the liver/gall bladder.  Generally used for a range of psychological conditions, aiding with drug withdrawal and related issues.  Symptoms include chest oppression, anxiety, irratiblity, palpitations, excessive/delirious speech, heavy sensation of body, constipation, urinary issues.

    The Pulse will be wiry and rapid and the Tongue will be red with a slippery tongue coating.


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  • Hui Chun Wan

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    Most often used for childhood convulsions (possibly with wheezing, nausea, nighttime crying, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive mucus/saliva) or other conditions that involve fever, impaired or loss of consciousness, irritability, restlessness such as seizure disorders, meningitis, measles, and gastroenteritis among others.


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  • Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan

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    Fever w/chills, chest oppression, abdominal pain, nausea, possibly vomiting and/or diarrhea, loss of taste, headache.

    The Pulse will be soggy and moderate and the Tongue will have a white greasy coating.


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  • Su Zi Jiang Qi Wan

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    Cough with watery, copious sputum, breathing issues such as wheezing, asthma, shortness of breath (particularly difficulty inhaling), chest oppression.  Possibly signs of kidney qi/yang deficiency such as edema, weak low back and/or legs, fatigue.

    The Tongue will have a white coating that can be either greasy or slippery.


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  • Wen Jing Tang Wan

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  • Xiao Chai Hu Tang Wan

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