Aquilaria ( 沉香 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Aquilariae Agallocha

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Chen Xiang

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used

eart of the woody part of the plant




Acrid, bitter, aromatic

Meridians Entered

Lungs, Stomach, Spleen, Kidneys

Common Usages

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.

Processing Required




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.

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