Xanthium ( 苍耳子 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Cang Er Zi
Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Sweet, slightly bitter, poisonous
This herb is used in formulas to treat headaches, sinus discharge and pain, arthritis with numbness, skin disorders, itching, and lumbago (TCM: due to dampness and wind); also used to treat acute pain of headache and neck stiffness (TCM: due to wind).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Opens nasal passages; disperses wind and expels dampness; Expels exterior wind.
Common Formulas Used In
Xanthium and Magnolia.
Cautions in Use
Do not use when headache or arthritis is due to deficient Blood.