Botanical Name: Xanthii Fructus

Category: Warm, Acrid Herbs that Release Exterior

Cang Er Zi

Cang Er Zi

Taste: Bitter, Sweet, Toxic
Temperature: Warm

Channels Entered: Lung

Dosage: 3-9g

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Overdosage can lead to vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Several materia medica texts discourage the eating of pork while taking this herb.

Actions & Indications:

  • Disperses wind and dampness and opens the nasal passages: for any nasal or sinus problem with a thick, viscous discharge and related headache. One of the main herbs for deep-source nasal congestion with headache, thick nasal discharge, and a loss of smell.
  • Disperses wind and dispels dampness: for wind-damp painful obstruction or skin disorders with itching.
  • Dispels exterior wind: as an auxiliary herb for exterior disorders with a splitting headache that radiates at the back of the neck.


Can Er Zi

Can Er Zi

  • Xi Xin, Bai Zhi: sinusitis