Xi Xin - Release Exterior: Wind Cold
(LU, KD, HT) - (1-3g)


Xi Xin the T-rex got a common cold with cold in LU

Poor little Xi Xin the T-rex had a wicked step-mother call Li Lu - they were very antagonistic. She would lock him outside in the cold, yelling "pain makes you stronger!!". But sure enough one day he caught a LU cold with phlegm and stuffy nose. His wicked step-mother gave him an herb but it only  made matters worse because it was slightly toxic (1-3g) and she gave him too much!

Xi Xin's step mom didn't care about Xi Xin and she blamed him for all of her qi and yin problems like: (cc: cough due to yin deficiency) (cc: headache due to yin deficiency) and (cc: qi deficiency with sweating)

English Name: asarum, Chinese wild ginger, Manchurian wild ginger, Seoul wild ginger, Siebold wild ginger
Pharmacuetical Name: Herba Asari
Properties: slightly toxic, acrid, warm

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
outside in the cold... pain release exterior cold; alleviates pain
LU cold with phlegm Warms the LU; resolves phlegm
stuffy nose unblocks nasal passages


       Xi Xin Actions and Indications
  • Release Exterior; disperse cold; alleviates pain (exterior cold dampness with underlying yang deficiency: desire to curl up in a fetal position with cold and fever; often when primary symptoms are shao yin headaches and all-over body aches; toothache; wind-cold-damp bi syndrome)
  • Warms the LU; resolves phlegm (cough, copious watery sputum, congested fluid; yin fluid retention with no heat signs)
  • Unblocks nasal orifices (nasal congestion)
  • Slightly toxic: Do not use more than 3g for any reason!! (however, in China they frequently use up to 7g for severe Yang deficiency with cold coagulation - but don't try it in the United States!)
  • (cc: qi deficiency with profuse sweating)
  • (cc: headache due to yin deficiency)
  • (cc: cough due to yin deficiency)
  • (note: incompatible with Li Lu)
    Special Notes:
  • Use with caution in renal problems as this herb can be nephrotoxic
  • For oral lesions or ulcerations use Xi Xin with Huang Lian.

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