Arisaema ( 天南星 ) ...Chinese Herb ...

Latin Plant Name

Arisaematis (Arisaema Amurense)

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Tian Nan Xing

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used





Bitter, acrid, poisonous

Meridians Entered

Lungs, Liver, Spleen

Common Usages

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 or bursitis.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Dries dampness and expels phlegm; disperses wind phlegm in the channels; reduces swelling and alleviates pain.

Common Formulas Used In

Cerebral Tonic Pills.

Processing Required



Arisaema is fairly toxic, so its processed version is most often used for internal use, and the unprocessed form is used topically.

Cautions in Use

Do not use during pregnancy. Arisaema is very drying: do not use with deficient Yin, dry phlegm, or hot, dry Lungs.

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