Pinyin: xiao ji
ENGLISH NAME: Canadian Thistle
LATIN NAME: Cirsii Herba
Properties: sweet, cool
Channels Entered: Liver, Heart
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. Cools Blood, Stops Bleeding
2. Disperses Blood Stasis, Reduces Swelling
3. Clears Damp-Heat from the Liver and Gallbladder
10 to 30 grams for the dried herb, 30 to 60 grams for fresh. Fresh Xiao Ji is stronger to eliminate toxins and is often used topically to treat toxic swellings. Dried Xiao Jí is best for clearing heat and stopping bleeding. Charred Xiao Ji is used only to stop bleeding.
CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICATIONS
• Use Xiao Ji with caution in patients with loose stools or deficiency and cold of the Spleen and Stomach.