English Name: xanthium fruit (sibiricum)
Pharmaceutical name: Fructus Xanthii
Medica Category: Wind-Cold Releasing Herbs
Properties: Cang Er Zi enters the Lung and Liver channels; is bitter and acrid in nature and warm in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Cang Er Zi is the mature fruit of the Siberian Cocklebur. The Chinese Herb is dry-fried until the thorns become blunted and are then ground into powder or decocted for use as medicine.
Cang Er Zi opens nasal passages and relieves pain—it is a main ingredient in formulas that treat allergic rhinitis and sinus colds/infections (e.g. Bi Yan Pian and Pe Min Kan Wan).
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