Herba Asari for Sinusitis, Pain, and Infectious Diseases

[Name]
Herba Asari, Asarum heterotropoides

[Chinese Name]
Xi Xin

[Parts Used and Preparation]
Roots

[Flavors in Chinese Medicine]
Pungent; warm

[Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels]
Lung and Kidney

[Actions in Chinese Medicine]
The herb can expel exogenous pathogenic wind factors and dispel cold factors. It can relieve pain, warm the lungs, and remove dampness and phlegm.

[Uses in Chinese Medicine]
• Infectious diseases with exterior symptoms caused by exogenous pathogenic wind-cold factors.
• Various types of pain including headaches, toothache, and joint pain.
• Nasal congestion and sinusitis.
• Cough and difficult breathing caused by the pathogenic cold and phlegm factors.

[Recommended Dosages]
1.5–3 grams. Add water to make decoctions.

[Warnings, Interactions, Side Effects]
Avoid over-dosages. The herb cannot be used by those with sweating caused by Qi-deficiency, headaches caused by excessive Yang, or dry cough. It should not be used together with the herb Li Lu (Veratrum).

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