Botanical Name: Arisaematis Rhizoma Preparatum
Category: Warm & Transform Cold-Phlegm
Taste: Bitter, Acrid, Toxic
Channels Entered: Lung, Spleen, Liver
Cautions & Contraindications:
- Contraindicated for dry cough from yin deficiency or stirring of wind from either intense heat or blood deficiency.
Actions & Indications:
- Dries dampness and expels phlegm: for cough and a stifling and distended sensation in the chest due to stubborn phlegm. This herb is extremely drying in nature.
- Disperses wind-phlegm and stops spasms: for obstruction due to wind-phlegm usually in the channels, with dizziness, vertigo, numbness in the limbs, facial paralysis, spasms in the hands or feet, opisthotonos, stroke, seizures, or lockjaw.
- Reduces swelling and alleviates pain: used topically for such problems as deep-rooted sores, ulcers, and carbuncles. Also for swelling due to traumatic injury and joint pain secondary to phlegm. For this purpose, the herb is used in its unprepared form. Recently used topically for cervical cancer.