Pharmaceutical Latin: Rhizoma Arisaematis Preparatum
Common English: Prepared Arisaema Rhizome
Prepared Dragon Arum Corm
Arisaema Tuber
Herbs that Transform Phlegm and Stop Coughing: Warm Herbs that Transform Cold Phlegm
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Tincture: 1-3ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Dries Dampness and expels Phlegm

Stubborn (extremely sticky) Phlegm in the Lungs with cough and a distended sensation in the chest

Disperses Wind-Phlegm in the channels and stops spasms

Wind-Phlegm Obstructing the Channels with dizziness, vertigo, numbness in the limbs, facial paralysis, spasms or trembling in the hands and feet, opisthotonis, stroke, seizures or lockjaw

Reduces swelling and alleviates pain

Topically for Chuang Yung (deep rooted sores, ulcers and carbuncles.

Swelling due to traumatic injury and joint pain secondary to Phlegm

Topically for cervical cancer

  • Contraindicated for those with a dry cough or dry Phlegm from Yin Deficiency.
  • Contraindicated for those with a dry cough from stirring of Wind due to intense Heat.
  • Contraindicated for those with a dry cough from stirring of Wind due to Blood Deficiency.
  • Contraindicated for those with Heat and Dryness of the Lung.
  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.
  • Do not use the unprocessed herb.
  • This herb is associated with drowsiness, so use caution when driving or operating heavy machinery.
  • Counteracts Rx. Lateralis Aconiti Preparata Zhi Fu Zi.
  • Counteracts Rz. Zingiberis Recens Sheng Jiang.
  • Due to its sedative and analgesic natures, this herb potentiates the sedative effects of barbiturates, some antihistamines, narcotic analgesics, benzodiazepines and many others.

Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Ban Xia
Per. Citri Reticulatae
Chen Pi
Fr. Aurantii Immaturus
Zhi Shi

Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin
Fr. Trichosanthis
Gua Lou

Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma
Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Ban Xia


Phlegm-Dampness Obstruction that will not dissipate, with fainting from Wind-stroke, coughing with copious sputum, a cold upper back, a stifling sensation in the chest and a thick, gummy nasal discharge.

Cough due to Lung Heat with yellow, viscous Phlegm.

Wind-Phlegm causing dizziness, vertigo, muscle spasms, and seizures, may have: focal distention of the chest, vomiting, anorexia, and hypersomnia.

Rz. Typhonii Preparatum
Zhi Bai Fu Zi
Rx. seu Rz. Notopterygii
Qiang Huo
Rx. Angelicae Dahuricae
Bai Zhi

Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Rx. Angelicae Dahuricae
Bai Zhi
Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma


Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Rx. Angelicae Dahuricae
Bai Zhi
Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma
Wu Gong
Rz. Typhonii Preparatum
Zhi Bai Fu Zi

Cornu Saigae Tataricae
Ling Yang Jiao
Rx. Gentianae
Long Dan Cao
Succus Bambusae
Zhu Li

Wind-Phlegm obstructing the channels causing facial paralysis, headache, painful obstruction, and muscular tetany.

Muscular tetany with lockjaw and opisthotonis.

Phlegm-Heat leading to closed-type stroke.

Rz. Acori Tatarinowii
Shi Chang Pu
Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Ban Xia

Rz. Atractylodis
Cang Zhu

Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng

Phlegm turbidity deranging the orifices of the head and veiling them leading to seizures and convulsions.

Wind-Damp painful obstruction.

Muscular tetany.

Powdered topically for wounds.

Bing Pian

Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Ban Xia
Rz. Typhonii Preparatum
Zhi Bai Fu Zi
Rx. Aconiti Preparata
Zhi Chuan Wu

Rz. Acori Tatarinowii
Shi Chang Pu
Quan Xie
Concretio Bambusae Silicea
Tian Zhu Huang
Rx. Polygalae
Yuan Zhi
Bombyx Batryticatus
Jiang Can

Wakens the brain, expels Wind, and opens what is closed applied externally as a powder, rubbed on the gums for Wind-Stroke with clenched jaw.

Internally to treat closed-type strokes.

Numbness of the hands and feet, hemiplegia, or deviation of the eyes and mouth caused by Phlegm Obstruction.


Rz. Zingiberis
Gan Jiang
Rz. Acori Tatarinowii
Shi Chang Pu

Rz. Zingiberis Recens
Sheng Jiang


Topically for joint pain.

Crush into a paste and apply topically for facial paralysis.


  1. This herb is extremely drying in nature.
  2. The action of this herb is said to be violent.
  3. It is used for asthma with a tight, full feeling in the chest.
  4. Raw, this herb Sheng Nan Xing is very toxic and is used topically primarily, for Yin abscesses, trauma-induced swelling and pain and swelling of the joints.
  5. Apply topically as a powder mixed with vinegar for Phlegm nodules.
  6. A large dose orally or applied topically as a suppository can treat uterine or cervical cancer.
  7. Internally it appears in decoctions with fresh ginger which greatly reduces its toxicity.
  8. If numbness of the tongue is experienced after ingestion, use granulated sugar as an antidote.
  9. It inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
  10. It is said to cure abdominal masses, enteritis, convulsive diseases, facial distortion, dizziness, temporal mandibular joint pain, tetanus, laryngitis, stomatitis, glossitis and tuberculosis.
  11. One source says that this herb eliminates Stasis, reduces swelling, eases the chest and disperses Blood to induce abortion.
  12. Rz. Arisaematis Preparata Zhi Nan Xing is less toxic and is effective in dispersing Wind and clearing the channels in Wind-Stroke (generally this is the form given at the pharmacy).
  13. Be sure to remove the outer skin as it is extremely toxic.
  14. Side effects include: irritation of the oral cavity - in extreme cases, necrosis, dry scratchy throat, edema and numbness of the tongue and lips, increased salivation and voice problems.
  15. When this herb is powdered and mixed with cows bile, it is called Pulvis Arisaemae cum Felle Bovis Dan Nan Xing. it is bitter and cool and no longer toxic. It is moistening and does not have the strong tendency of Tian Nan Xing to dry and damage the Yin. It is less acrid and more bitter and clears and transforms Phlegm-Heat, extinguishes Wind, and stops tremors. It is used for tremors, seizures, or stroke due to Phlegm-Heat and is often used in pediatrics, usually with Calculus Bovis Niu Huang, Rz. Coptidis Huang Lian, Rz. Gastrodiae Tian Ma and Scorpio Quan Xie. The dosage is 3-6g, Tincture: 0.5-2ml. The longer this is stored, the better the quality.
  16. There is skin itchiness on contact with this herb. Toxicity may be reduced by boiling with alum.
  17. This herb is used when Phlegm-Dampness congests the body and disturbs the nerves and joints.
  18. This herb enters the Liver channel and has the special ability to move within the channels and collaterals.
  19. Both Zhi Tian Nan Xing and Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum Zhi Ban Xia dry Dampness, transform Phlegm and treat Phlegm-Dampness in the Spleen and Stomach. Zhi Ban Xia specifically treats Spleen and Stomach Phlegm-Dampness, alleviates nausea and reduces focal distention. It is acrid but conserving. Zhi Tian Nan Xing has a far more dispersing action, mainly enters the Liver channel and excels at treating Wind-Phlegm in the channels and collaterals, dispersing Blood and reducing swelling. It is acrid but not conserving and is acutely drying. In combination, Zhi Ban Xia should be the primary herb if Phlegm-Dampness is the target and Zhi Tian Nan Xing should be the main herb if Wind-Phlegm is the target.
  20. Raw Arisaema Sheng Tian Nan Xing should not be taken internally. Externally it is used for swollen abscesses and sores, insect and snake bites.