Mu Xiang- Invigorate QI
SP, ST, GB, LI (3-9g)


Mu Xiang - Mu Xiang 'moves ya along'

If you eat fried liver and gallbladder and get stopped up, Mu Xiang will regulate intestinal qi as well as promote movement of qi and alleviate pain.

But you don't want to move it along with dryness!! - (cc: yin deficiency or depleted fluids)

English Name: sausserea, aucklandia, costus root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Aucklandiae
Properties: acrid, bitter, warm

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
liver and gallbladder regulates LV and GB qi
regulate intestinal qi regulates qi of intestines
promoting movement of qi and alleviate pain promotes the movement of qi and alleviates pain


      Mu Xiang Actions and Indications
  • Promotes the movement of qi and alleviate pain (SP and ST qi stagnation with lack of appetite, epigastric or abdominal pain and distension, nausea and vomiting, softens side effects of tonifying herbs when Spleen qi is weak)
  • Regulates qi of intestines (diarrhea, dysenteric disorder; abdominal pain, tenesmus)
  • Regulates LV and GB qi (gallstones, jaundice, flank distension, pain, soreness, hernia)
  • (cc: yin defeciency and depleted fluids)
  • (note: do not confuse with Qing Mu Xiang which is nephrotoxic)
    Special Notes:
  • Mu Xiang is an essential herb to regulate abdominal qi and relieve pain. It focuses on the lower intestines and is commonly used for intestinal urgency w/ diarrhea.

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