- Promote Movement of Qi
- Stop Pain
- Strengthen Spleen/Stomach
- Eliminate Food Stagnation
- Strengthen the Spleen
- Yin Deficiency
Mu Xiang, also known as Vladimiria Radix, is a cultivated variety of Saussurea Costus, a plant belonging to the Asteraceae family. Widely used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), this herb is recognized for its ability to regulate qi (vital energy), alleviate pain, and strengthen the spleen and stomach. This article delves into the various uses, properties, and contraindications of Mu Xiang.
Usage and Dosage
To reap the benefits of Mu Xiang, it is essential to shake the bottle well before using it. The recommended dosage is approximately 20-30 drops (1 ml or 1 full squeeze of the dropper bulb) mixed with 2 oz of juice or water, taken up to four times daily.
Materia Medica Categories
Mu Xiang falls under the "Regulate the Qi" chapter of the Materia Medica.
Symptoms and TCM Patterns
The herb is known to treat various TCM patterns, including:
- Spleen-Stagnant Qi
- Stomach Qi-Stagnant
- Liver Qi-Stagnant
- Intestines-Qi Stagnation
There are no specific tongue or pulse indications listed for this herb.
Mu Xiang is not recommended for those with yin deficiency.
The only ingredient in Mu Xiang is itself:
- Saussurea Costus or Vladimiria - 木香(新) - 100.00%
The herb is utilized for its ability to:
- Promote the movement of qi
- Stop pain
- Strengthen the spleen and stomach
- Eliminate food stagnation
- Strengthen the spleen
Properties and Channels
Mu Xiang exhibits warm properties and has a 50% acrid and 50% bitter taste profile. It acts on various channels, including:
- Gall Bladder (20%)
- Large Intestine (20%)
- Spleen (20%)
- Stomach (20%)
- Triple Burner (20%)
Mu Xiang is a versatile and potent herb used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat various conditions related to qi stagnation. It is essential to use the herb as directed and be aware of the contraindications to ensure safe and effective treatment.