Xanthium Fruit (Cang'erzi)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Frutus Xanthii|
|Botanical Name:||Xanthium sibiricum Patr.|
|Common Name:||Xanthium Fruit
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The fruit is gathered in autumn, dried in the sum and then baked till the thorns fall off.|
|Properties and Taste:||Pungent, bitter, warm and slightly toxic|
|Functions:||To open the nasal cavities
To dispel wind an dampness
To stop pain
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Rhinorrhea manifested as headache, nasal obstruction, runny nose and loss of smell.
*Use with Magnolia flower (Xinyi) and Durhurian angelica root (Baizhi) in the formula Cang'er San.
2. Wind-damp bi syndrome manifested as joint pain and spasms of the limbs.
*Use with Clematis root (Weilingxian), Cinnamon bark (Rougui), Atractylodes rhizome (Canzhu) and Chuanxiong rhizome (Chuanxiong).
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated in headache due to blood deficiency. Overdose will produce toxins and give rise to vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea.|