Pinyin name: Ban Xia (Jiang)
Aka: middle-summer, half-summer
Source: Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing
English name: Pinellia, Pinellia tuber - gingered (prepared)
Botanical name: Pinellia ternata, gingered
Pharmaceutical name: Rhizoma Pinelliae
Properties: acrid, warm
Channels entered: spleen, stomach, lung
Chinese therapeutic actions: Dries dampness, dissolves phlegm, redirects abnormally rising stomach Chi, relieves nausea and vomiting, dissipates nodules, disperses stagnation, and treats sores and skin ulcerations and carbuncles.
This herb is slightly toxic or toxic. Like all things in life, Chinese herbal medicine is far from perfect, and it’s important for consumers to understand that although they are few in number, there are some ingredients that are part of the Chinese herbal pharmacopoeia that are considered toxic. Normally, when toxic or slightly toxic ingredients are used (in a formula) an antidotal ingredient is always added as part of the prescription in order to mitigate the toxicity of the ingredient in question. Therefore, we recommend this herb be used under the guidance of a traditional Chinese medicinal professional.
This herb is available by the pound in either raw or powdered form.