|Unit Size||1 pound|
|Contraindications||Long-term administration may irritate the gastric mucosa. After ingestion there may be severe, watery diarrhea. Inappropriate for those with qi deficiency and no significant qi stagnation, weak stomach, or an intolerance to garlic and onions.|
|Chinese Symptomology||Chest, flank, or upper body back pain; Dyspnea; Cough; Wheezing; A stifling sensation in the chest|
|Western Symptomology||Dysenteric disorder|
|Actions||Unblocks the yang qi and disperses turbid phlegm; Directs the qi downward and reduces stagnation|
|Pattern||Cold-damp painful obstruction of the chest due to cold, turbid phlegm congealing and stagnating in the chest where it prevents the dissemination and flow of the yang qi; Damp stagnation in the Large Intestine associated with dysenteric disorder.|
|Channels Entered||Large Intestine, Lung, Stomach|
|Branch||Large Intestine, Lung, Stomach|
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|Chinese name||Xie Bai|
|English name||Chinese garlic, Allium macrostemon bulbus|
Allii macrostemi Bulbus (xie bai) is acrid, bitter, warm, and slippery. Its acidity disperses while its bitterness and warmth dry dampness, and its slipperiness benefits the orifices. Acting on the Lung channel, it unblocks the chest and disperses pathogenic cold so that chest yang can extend, and it expels phlegm-dampness so that the qi flow is smooth and unblocked. Thus, allii macrostemi Bulbus (xie bai) is an excellent herb for unblocking the chest yang, scouring turbid phlegm, adjusting the flow of qi, and opening painful obstruction of the chest. In addition to effectively treating painful obstruction of the chest, and its associated symptoms of wheezing, coughing up sputum, pain through the chest and back, and shortness of breath, it can also reach down to move stagnant qi in the Large Intestine in order to treat tenesmus with dysenteric disorder. Miscellaneous Records of Famous Physicians notes that it "warms the middle and disperses clumped qi." The special quality of this herb is its ability to reach into areas of congealed constraint, whether this is unbinding painful obstruction of the chest in the upper body, or draining Large Intestine qi stagnation in the lower body. --Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica.
|Ingredients||Xie Bai - Allium macrostemon Bulbus|