Tan Xiang - Invigorate QI
LU, SP, ST (1-3g)

Tan Xiang -
Young Dr. Tan
When Dr. Tan was young he would run in circles to move qi when he was painfully coldi.

He often had sleepless nights (cc: yin deficiency with heat)

English Name: santalum, sandalwood
Pharmaceutical Name: Lignum Santali Albi
Properties: acrid, warm, aromatic

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
run in circles... move qi... painfully cold promotes movement of qi...disperses cold... alleviates pain
      Tan Xiang Actions and Indications
  • Promotes movement of qi; disperses cold; alleviates pain (pain due to stagnant qi in chest, epigastrium, abdomen; lack of appetite or vomiting; chest bi syndrome; recent use for coronary artery disease)
  • CC: yin deficiency with heat
  • Cooking: add near the end (decoct short time)
    Special Notes:
  • Tan Xiang and Mu Xiang are similar to regulate qi, but Tan Xiang is stronger to relieve chest painf from cold bi while Mu Xiang is more effective to relieve abdominal pain caused by cold and qi stagnation in the middle jiao.

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