Inula Flower (Xuanfuhua)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Flos Inulae|
|Botanical Name:||Inula Britannica L.
Inula japonica Thunb.
|Common Name:||Inula flower|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The flower is gathered in summer and autumn, when it is blooming, and it is dried in the sun.|
|Properties and Taste:||Bitter, pungent, salty and slightly warm|
|Meridian:||Lung, spleen, stomach and large intestine|
|Functions:||To resolve phlegm and promote water metabolism
To conduct qi downward and stop vomiting
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Phlegm fluid blocking the lungs manifested as asthma and cough with sputum.
*Use with Pinellia tuber (Banxia) and Asarum herb (Xixin).
2. Phlegm fluid blocking the stomach leading to rebellious qi manifested as eructation, vomiting and epigastric full sensation.
*Use with Red ochre (Daizheshi) in the formula Xuanfu Daize Tang.
|Cautions:||When decocting this herb should be wrapped in cloth.|