Pharmaceutical Latin: Radix Aucklandiae
Common English: Aucklandia
Costus Root
Wood Aromatic Root
Herbs that Regulate Qi
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Large Intestine
San Jiao
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Promotes the movement of Qi and alleviates pain

Spleen/Stomach Qi Stagnation with anorexia, a feeling of food sitting in the Stomach, epigastric or abdominal pain or distention, nausea and vomiting

Liver or Gallbladder Qi Stagnation with flank pain, distention or soreness

Adjusts and regulates stagnant Qi in the Intestines

Intestinal Qi Stagnation with diarrhea or dysenteric disorders, abdominal pain and tenesmus

Strengthens the Spleen and prevents Stagnation

Stagnation from tonic herbs, especially when the transportive and transformative functions of the Spleen are weak

Food Stagnation

Dispels Damp-Heat and harmonizes the Liver and Spleen

Disharmony of the Liver and Spleen with hypochondriac pain and distention, a bitter taste in the mouth, a yellow tongue coat and possibly jaundice
  • Contraindicated in those with Lung Deficiency and Heat.
  • Contraindicated in those with parched Blood Dryness.
  • Contraindicated in those with swelling and pain involving Fire.
  • Contraindicated in those with primal Qi loss.
  • Contraindicated in those with Yin Deficiency with Internal Heat.
  • Use with caution for those with Yin Deficiency.
  • Use with caution for those with depleted fluids.
  • Use with caution for those with Blazing Fire.

Fr. Aurantii
Zhi Ke
Rz. Corydalis
Yan Hu Suo
(Fr. Toosendan)
(Chuan Lian Zi)
(Sm. Raphani)
(Lai Fu Zi)

Fr. Amomi
Sha Ren

Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Bai Zhu

Epigastric and abdominal pain and distention due to Qi Stagnation.

Distention, epigastric and abdominal pain, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery or tenesmus due to Qi Obstruction and/or Food Stagnation.

Anorexia with epigastric and abdominal pain and distention.

Rx. Bupleuri
Chai Hu
Hb. Artemisiae Scopariae
Yin Chen Hao
Rx. Curcumae
Yu Jin


Rx. Bupleuri
Chai Hu
Fr. Aurantii
Zhi Ke
Rx. Curcumae
Yu Jin

Per. Citri Reticulatae Viride
Qing Pi

Per. Arecae
Da Fu Pi
Fr. Tsaoko
Cao Guo

Damp-Heat causing flank pain and distention and a bitter taste in the mouth.

Abdominal pain, distention and belching.

Descends Qi and guides out Stagnation.

Sm. Arecae
Bing Lang
Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian

Fr. Amomi
Sha Ren
Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Rx. Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Bai Zhu

Epigastric and abdominal fullness, distention, and pain with constipation.

Red and white dysenteric diarrhea due to Stagnation in the Stomach and Intestines transforming into Damp-Heat.

Dysentery and diarrhea, especially when accompanied by tenesmus and abdominal distention and discomfort.

Anorexia and abdominal distention and fullness which improves with warmth applied locally.

Sm. Arecae
Bing Lang

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian

Hb. Agastaches/Pogostemonis
Huo Xiang

Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao

Qi Stagnation in the Stomach and Intestines due to Food Stagnation with abdominal distention and fullness, anorexia, aversion to the smell of food, nausea without the ability to vomit and an uncomfortable urge to defecate which is often unsuccessful.

Intestinal parasites with a pressing pain around the umbilicus and intermittent focal distention in the abdomen.

Relieves tenesmus and the passage of mucus in dysenteric disorders.

Damp-Heat diarrhea.

Diarrhea with profuse pus and Blood.

Cx. Phellodendri
Huang Bai
Rx. Pulsatillae
Bai Tou Weng
Hb. Portulacae
Ma Chi Xian

Sm. Coicis
Yi Yi Ren
Fu Ling
Rz. Atractylodis
Cang Zhu
Sm. Plantaginis
Che Qian Zi

Sm. Arecae
Bing Lang

Fr. Aurantii
Zhi Ke
Rx. Puerariae
Ge Gen
Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang
Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian

Dysentery with severe Heat.

Dysentery with severe Dampness.

Food Stagnation, Qi Stagnation, diarrhea and tenesmus due to Damp-Heat.

Rx. Linderae
Wu Yao

Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang

Hb. Artemisiae Scopariae
Yin Chen Hao
Hb. Lysimachiae
Jin Qian Cao


Lower abdominal Coldness and pain.

Damp-Heat Accumulation.


  1. Because of its slightly astringent property, this is a common herb for treating tenesmus.
  2. Primarily used when there is severe Qi disturbance with pain, digestive upset or bloating with diarrhea.
  3. It has strong antiseptic properties and is used for vaginal and bronchial infections.
  4. The essential oils, applied topically are used as an antiseptic.
  5. It moves Qi in all three Jiaos.
  6. It stops all types of pain (Stagnation, Cold, Heat, Excess and Deficiency).
  7. It is especially good for upper abdominal and periumbilical pain.
  8. It is good for stagnant Qi in the chest and abdomen with diarrhea.
  9. It has been used successfully to treat asthma.
  10. This herb is also said to be aromatic and drying.
  11. It treats chest pain, vomiting, diarrhea (baked), anorexia, cold epigastric pain and peptic ulcers.
  12. Some sources say that this herb warms the Center and harmonizes the Stomach.
  13. Both Mu Xiang and Rz. Cyperi Xiang Fu are bitter, acrid, promote the flow of Qi, stop pain and most importantly enter the San Jiao channel. Mu Xiang mobilizes clumped Qi in the Stomach and Intestine channels and reduces Food Stagnation. It is used for epigastric fullness, abdominal distention and diarrhea. Xiang Fu dredges and disperses Qi Stagnation in the Stomach and Liver and is especially good at relieving Liver Qi Stagnation, regulating menstruation and stopping pain. It is used for emotional constraint, distending pain in the ribs and flanks and irregular  menstruation.
  14. Baked Aucklandia Wei Mu Xiang has a reduced oil content and acrid, dispersing quality. It has a drying, inhibiting action which awakens the Spleen and stops diarrhea. It can be used for those with Spleen Yin Deficiency.
  15. Rx. Vladimiriae Chuan Mu Xiang is similar but weaker.