Sandalwood ( 檀香 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Santali Albi

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Tan Xiang

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used

Heart of the wood




Acrid, bitter

Meridians Entered

Spleen, Stomach, Lungs, Heart

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas that treat pain, especially pain in the Stomach (TCM: due to stagnation and cold) and pain in the chest (angina) (TCM: due to Blood stasis), when also under the care of a practitioner.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Moves Qi and alleviates pain.

Common Formulas Used In

Bupleurum, Inula, and Cyperus.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use where there is a Yin deficiency with heat.

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