Pharmaceutical Latin: Benzoinum
Common English: Benzoin
Aromatic Substances that Open the Orifices
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Pills and Powders: 0.3-1.5
Do not decoct.
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Opens the Orifices, resolves Phlegm and awakens the Spirit

Wind-Stroke and Phlegm Collapse or Qi Stagnation with sudden collapse, delirium or coma and a stifling sensation and focal distention in the chest and abdomen due to Phlegm Obstructing the Orifices

Invigorates the Blood, promotes the movement of Qi and alleviates pain

Chest and abdominal pain due to Qi and Blood Stagnation

Promotes the movement of Qi and Blood, unblocks the channels and collaterals and alleviates pain

Wind-Cold-Damp Bi with muscle aches, joint pain and difficulty moving

  • Use caution for those with Yin Deficiency Fire.
  • Use caution for those with Excess Fire.
  • Use caution for those with Qi Deficiency.

She Xiang
Rz. Acori Tatarinowii
Shi Chang Pu

Su He Xiang

Calculus Bovis
Niu Huang
Succus Bambusae
Zhu Li

Wind-Stroke or Phlegm collapse

Wind-Stroke from Damp-Cold and turbid Phlegm

Phlegm-Dampness that has transformed into Heat

She Xiang
Bing Pian
Hu Po

Rx. Aucklandiae
Mu Xiang
Fr. Aurantii Immaturus
Zhi Shi
Lignum Aquilariae Resinatum
Chen Xiang

Lignum Aquilariae Resinatum
Chen Xiang
Flos Caryophylli
Ding Xiang
Fr. Foeniculi
Xiao Hui Xiang
(Hb. Agastaches/Pogostemi)
(Huo Xiang)

Summerheat-Stroke or Wind-Stroke from Phlegm-Heat

Intense Liver Qi Stagnation which seriously disrupts the qi and leads to sudden loss of consciousness

Abdominal pain in children due to Cold in which the legs are drawn up and the child cries

Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Rx. Aconiti Lateralis Preparata
Zhi Fu Zi

Rx. Angelicae Pubescentis
Du Huo
Hb. Taxilli
Sang Ji Sheng
Rx. Gentianae Macrophyllae
Qin Jiao

Faeces Trogopteri
Wu Ling Zhi
Ginger Tea
Gan Jiang

Sudden turmoil disorder due to Cold-Damp


Postpartum coma due to stagnant Blood and clenched jaw while sinking toward death

  1. This herb can be used by itself as a powder placed in boiling water for pain.
  2. Some sources say that this herb can eliminate bad odor.
  3. Both An Xi Xiang and Styrax Su He Xiang open orifices and treat loss of consciousness An Xi Xiang is similar in strength to Su He Xiang, but is not as warm, however it invigorates Blood, and is used to treat chest and abdominal pain and postpartum coma. Su He Xiang transforms Phlegm and clears away filth for Wind-Stroke and collapse due to Phlegm.