Aquilaria ( 沉香 ) ...Chinese Herb...
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Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
eart of the woody part of the plant
Acrid, bitter, aromatic
Lungs, Stomach, Spleen, Kidneys
This herb is most often used in formulas to help foster proper digestive function; may also be used in asthma formulas (TCM: dispels cold; strengthens Kidney Qi).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Moves Qi and alleviates pain; reverses rebellious Qi; aids Kidneys in grasping Qi; supplements yang and disperses cold.
Common Formulas Used In
Bupleurum, Inula, and Cyperus; Leonuris and Achyranthes.
Cautions in Use
As with other aromatic herbs, care must be taken where deficient Qi is present. Also use cautiously where there is deficient Yin with heat signs.