||Xanthium sibiricum Patr.
|Source of Earliest Record:
||Shennong Bencao Jing
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:
||The fruit is gathered in autumn, dried in the sum and then baked till the thorns fall off.
|Properties and Taste:
||Pungent, bitter, warm and slightly toxic
||To open the nasal cavities
To dispel wind an dampness
To stop pain
|Indications and Combinations:
||1. Rhinorrhea manifested as headache, nasal obstruction, runny nose and loss of smell.
*Use with Magnolia flower (Xinyi) and Durhurian angelica root (Baizhi) in the formula Cang'er San.
2. Wind-damp bi syndrome manifested as joint pain and spasms of the limbs.
*Use with Clematis root (Weilingxian), Cinnamon bark (Rougui), Atractylodes rhizome (Canzhu) and Chuanxiong rhizome (Chuanxiong).
||This herb is contraindicated in headache due to blood deficiency. Overdose will produce toxins and give rise to vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea.