Scrophularia ( 玄参 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Scrophulariae Ningpoensis

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Xuan Shen

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used





Salty, slightly bitter

Meridians Entered

Lungs, Stomach, Kidneys

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat symptoms such as constipation, dizziness, and irritability after a feverish imbalance; swollen eyes and extremely sore and swollen throat, bleeding due to heat and toxicity, boils, goiter, thirst, and dry cough with thin phlegm (TCM: deficient Yin and fire conditions).

Traditional Usages and Functions

Clears heat and cools Blood; nourishes Yin; quells fire and detoxifies fire poison; softens hardness and dissipates nodules.

Common Formulas Used In

Ginseng and Zizyphus.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Use with caution where there is dampness of Spleen or Stomach, or where there is deficient Spleen diarrhea.

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