Journal of Acuherb in Medicine

Xiang Ru

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Xiang Ru (Aromatic Madder, Elsholtzia)

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Spicy, Aromatic, Slightly Warm
Herba Elsholtziae
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xiāng rú


  • Expels Summerheat From the Exterior and Dampness From the Interior
    For exterior disorders in the summer or dampness with chills, fever, headache, lack of sweat, diarrhea, and body ache.
  • Promotes Urination
    For edema and dysuria, especially during an exterior disorder.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Contraindicated for exterior deficiency syndrome with sweating. Add Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis (huang qin) or Rhizoma Coptidis (huang lian) to reduce tendency of this herb to cause vomiting, or take at a cool temperature.

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.


  • 3-9 grams. Cook 10-15 minutes for exterior condition, cook longer for edema and make into a concentrated decoction.
  • Part used: whole herb.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

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