Arisaema ( 天南星 ) ...Chinese Herb ...
Arisaematis (Arisaema Amurense)
Tian Nan Xing
of Plant Used
Bitter, acrid, poisonous
Lungs, Liver, Spleen
This herb is used in formulas to treat excess moisture (fluid) and phlegm
congestion (TCM: dampness) where there is also nerve and joint involvement,
with symptoms of dizziness, numb extremities, facial paralysis (Bell's palsy),
spasms of the hands or feet, insomnia, and stroke or seizures (TCM: internal
wind imbalances). May also be used solely to help expectorate phlegm. Topically,
this herb is useful for sores, ulcerations, and general swelling from trauma
Usages and Functions
Dries dampness and expels phlegm; disperses wind phlegm in the channels;
reduces swelling and alleviates pain.
Formulas Used In
Cerebral Tonic Pills.
Arisaema is fairly toxic, so its processed version is most often used for
internal use, and the unprocessed form is used topically.
Do not use during pregnancy. Arisaema is very drying: do not use with deficient
Yin, dry phlegm, or hot, dry Lungs.