Tian Nan Xing- Transform Phlegm Cold
LV, LU, SP (4.5-9g)


Tian Nan Xing - Teeyon's Nanny Xing...
Teeyon's Nanny Xing almost drowned trying to save him when rain overflowed the freezing cold swamps outside of New Orleans and Swamp water (wind phlegm) got into the channels. It was so cold she had spasms from swimming in the toxic and swollen channels.

Teeyon's pregnant (cc: pregnancy) mother had sleepless nights when she heard the swampy news (cc: yin deficieny, dry phlegm)

English Name: arisaema, jack-in-the-pulpit tuber
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Arisaematis
Properties: bitter, acrid, warm

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
rain...swamps dries damp; transforms phlegm
swamp water got into the channels... spasms expels wind-phlegm in channels; stops spasms
toxic... swollen clears toxicity; reduces swelling


      Tian Nan Xing Actions and Indications
  • Dries dampness, transforms phlegm (cough, stifling sensation, distension in chest due to stubborn phlegm)
  • Dispels wind-phlegm in channels to stops spasms (LV wind with rising phlegm stagnation; dizziness, numbness in limbs, facial paralysis, lockjaw, spasms in hands and feet, opisthotonos, epilepsy, stroke, seizure)
  • Clears toxicity; reduces swelling (ulcers, deep-rooted sores, carbuncles, joint pain and swelling, modern use for rheumatoid arthritis, cervical cancer, use fresh topically)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: yin deficiency, dry phlegm)
    Alternate Forms:
  • Zhi - internal use
  • Sheng - topical use only
  • Dan Nan Xing- bitter, cool; prepared with cow bile; clears and transforms phlegm-heat; extinguishes wind; arrests tremors; 3-6g;
    Special Notes:
  • Compare to Ban Xia. Ban Xia mainly treats damp phlegm while Tian Nan Xing mainly treats wind phlegm.
  • Tian Nan Xing and Dan Nan Xing are similar but Tian Nan Xing is bitter, warm, and dry. Dan Nan Xing is bitter, cool, and moistening.

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