Nan Sha Shen

Adenophora tetraphylla (Thunb.) Fisch. (Fam. Campanulaceae) I. Lower part of the plant; 2. Branch with the flowers; 3. Opened corolla showing stamen;

4. Stamen and Pistil pharmaceutical name Herba Agastachis english name agastache part used dried aerial part

Herba Agastachis is the dried aerial part of Pogoste-mon cablin (Blanco) Benth. or Agastache rugosa (Fisch. et Mey.) O. Ktze. (Fam. Labiatae). The former species is produced chiefly in Guangdong province, whereas the latter is produced in most provinces in China. It is collected in summer and autumn, and dried in sunlight or shade. The herb is used fresh or unprepared.

flavor, property, and channel tropism

Pungent in flavor, slightly warm in property, acts on the Spleen, Stomach, and Lung channels.


Resolves Dampness, relieves Summer Heat, alleviates vomiting.

clinical use and major combinations

For disturbance of the Spleen and Stomach due to the accumulation of Dampness, with epigastric distension, anorexia, nausea, and vomiting, it is used with Rhizoma Atractylodis (Cang Zhu), Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis (Hou Po), and Rhizoma Pinelliae (Ban Xia) in "The Priceless Health Restoring Powder" (Bu Huan Jin Zhen Qi San).

For invasion of Wind Cold or impairment of the internal organs from eating cold food during summer months with fever, aversion to cold, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea, it is used with Folium Perillae (Zi Su Ye), Rhizoma Pinelliae (Ban Xia), and Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis (Hou Po) in "The Powder of Agastache for Restoring Health" (Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San).

For various kinds of vomiting, especially that caused by Stagnation of Dampness in the Spleen and Stomach, it is used with Rhizoma Pinelliae (Ban Xia). For vomiting due to Damp Heat, it is used with Rhizoma Coptidis (Huang Lian) and

Caulis Bambusae In Taeniis (Zhu Ru); for vomiting due to insufficiency of the Spleen and Stomach, it is used with Radix Codonopsis (Dang Shen) and Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis (Gan Cao); and for vomiting during pregnancy, it is used with Fructus Amomi (Sha Ren) and Rhizoma Pinelliae (Ban Xia).

dosage and administration

5—ro g, decocted in water for an oral dose; ro—g, if used fresh.


None noted.

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