Answer to 2023 1st Quarter “What Herb am I”

What Herb am I? - Katja Görts, DVM, CVA, CVC, CVCH

I am a root. Besides my root my essential oil is used in TCM, Ayurvedic, Unani, Siddha, and Tibetan medicines. I am warm, pungent and bitter. I smell like goat faeces and my English name is ‘fragrant wood’. I enter the Stomach, Spleen, Large Intestine and Gallbladder.

I belong to the group of Qi regulating herbs. I am a strong Qi-mover and move Liver Qi stagnation, middle Jiao Qi stagnation and clear intestines Damp/Heat. I strengthen the Spleen and improve digestion. I dilates the biliary duct and have a strong effect on histamine-induced broncho- and intestinal spasms.

Conventional indications I can be used for are chest pain, epigastric pain, bitter taste, fullness sensation in the abdomen, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dysentery, tenesmus, poor appetite, vomiting and indigestion.

I appear not only but amongst others in the following formulas: Gui Pi Tang, Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang and Shao Yao Tang.

I should be used with caution in patients with Yin deficiency.

I have anti-inflammatory, anti-protozoal, gastrointestinal, hepatoprotective and immune effects.


My name is Mu Xiang, Costus, Saussurea or Radix Aucklandiae.




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