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Ban Xia (Pinellia Rhizome)

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Chinese herbal: Ban Xia (半夏)
English: Pinellia Rhizome
Latin: Pinellia ternata Breit

Ban Xia is pungent, warm and toxic. It acts on the lung, Spleen and Stomach channels. Raw Ban Xia (Pinellia Rhizome) is very toxic. But Zhi Ban Xia (制半夏) just has mild toxic.

WHY IT'S USED: Ban Xia (Pinellia Rhizome) displerses accumulation of Heat and phlegm with a full sensation resting in the epigastrium, abdomen, chest and diaphragm. It treats coughing with dysapnoea, pain and hard stagnation of Qi in the epigastrium, and vomiting, and nausea due to attack of epidemic disease. It dissolves carbuncle and swelling. It promotes abortion.

Do not use in cases with dry cough or bleeding caused by Yin Deficiency.
Do not in Hot Phlegm conditions.
Ban Xia is incompatible with Wou Tou.
caution use with pregnancy and breast-feeding

Dosage: 5 to 9 grams per day

Chinese Medicine Dictionary. p775
Compendium of meteria medica(Bencao Gangmu)17-26-1

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