Inula ( 旋覆花 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name


Pinyin Mandarin Name

Xuan Fu Hua

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used



Slightly warm


Bitter, acrid

Meridians Entered

Lungs, Liver, Stomach, Spleen

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat symptoms of vomiting and belching, coughing and wheezing with large amounts of phlegm, or asthmatic bronchitis with large amounts of phlegm. (TCM: to treat "rebellious" Lung, Spleen, or Stomach functions, where these Organ functions are not operating in "normal" fashion).

Traditional Usages and Functions

Redirects Qi downward and expels phlegm; stops vomiting and calms rebellion; provides mildly warming action.

Common Formulas Used In

Bupleurum, Inula, and Cyperus.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use this herb where there is deficiency, or a cough that is due to wind and heat.

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