Pharmaceutical Latin: Radix seu Rhizoma Nardostachydis
Common English: Nardostachys Root
Chinese Spikenard
Indian Spikenard Root
Indian, Himalayan or Syrian Nard
Herbs that Regulate Qi
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
(Yin Wei)
Tincture: 1-2ml
Essential oil: 1-2 drops in a gel capsule
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Awakens the Spleen, promotes the movement of Qi, unblocks Stagnation, disperses Cold and alleviates pain

Abdominal and epigastric distention and pain with anorexia and chest oppression


  • Contraindicated for those with Qi Deficiency.
  • Contraindicated for those with Blood Heat.
  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.
  • Do not use continuously on its own due to its low cumulative toxicity.

Rx. Aucklandiae
Mu Xiang

Fr. Amomi
Sha Ren
Cx. Magnoliae Officinalis
Hou Po

Rx. Bupleuri
Chai Hu
Rx. Curcumae
Yu Jin
Fr. Amomi Rotundus
Bai Dou Kou

Rz. Zingiberis
Gan Jiang
Rx. Aconiti Lateralis Preparata
Zhi Fu Zi

Fr. Evodiae
Wu Zhu Yu
Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian

Cold Stagnation leading to abdominal and epigastric distention and pain with anorexia

Pensiveness and excessive thinking injuring the Spleen and obstructing the Qi leading to abdominal and epigastric distention and pain with anorexia

As a wine prepared with ether and alcohol for sudden turmoil disorder due to true Cold with has reached the dangerous stage where cramping has entered the abdomen

Rx. Aucklandiae
Mu Xiang

Fr. Citri
Xiang Yuan

Fr. Amomi
Sha Ren

Flos Caryophylli
Ding Xiang
Cx. Cinnamomi
Rou Gui

Rz. Ligustici
Gao Ben
Fol. Nelumbinis
He Ye

Qi Stagnation in the chest and abdomen

Qi Stagnation with Yang Deficiency and coldness

As an external wash for leg Qi

As a gargle for toothache due to Kidney Deficiency

  1. This herb relieves abdominal cramping, particularly that of sudden turmoil disorder.
  2. It is used Internally and topically.
  3. It can be used topically for leg Qi and edema.
  4. This herb regulates Qi in the chest and abdomen.
  5. This herb treats palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, stress, tachycardia, hysteria, neurosis, hypertension, angina pectoris, seizures, cough, menstrual problems, hair loss, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, infections and sores and boils.
  6. One source says it treats Heart Yin Deficiency with Liver Yang Rising, Phlegm-Damp in the Lungs and Liver and Spleen Disharmony
  7. It is especially indicated for arrhythmia and tachycardia.