Saussurea ( 木香 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Saussureae seu Vladimiriae

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Mu Xiang

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used





Acrid, bitter

Meridians Entered

Spleen, Stomach, Large Intestine, Gallbladder, Liver

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat symptoms such as abdominal and chest pains, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (or urge to defecate with no results, often with spasm), bronchial asthma, weak digestion, and bloating (TCM: stagnation); also used to treat jaundice, and infections in the bronchial, vaginal, and intestinal areas.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Moves Qi and alleviates pain; adjusts and regulates Stagnant Qi in Intestines; strengthens Spleen and prevents stagnation.

Common Formulas Used In

Ginseng and Longan; Rhubarb and Scutellaria; Tang Gui and Indigo.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use where there is deficient Yin or depleted fluids.

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