English Name: eupatorium
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Eupatorii Formosani
Medica Category: Heat-Clearing and Toxin-Eliminating Herbs
Properties: Xiang Si Cao enters the Lung, Large Intestine, and Urinary Bladder channels; it is neutral in nature and cool in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Xiang Si Cao is the dried aerial parts of a small flowering plant native to Taiwan and the Ryukyu Islands known as eupatorium (Eupatorium formosanu).
Xiang Si Cao clears heat, eliminates toxins, and reduces accumulations of water (which in turn helps reduce inflammation). Xiang Si Cao has a general heat-toxin clearing effect in the body and is combined with other herbs to address a variety of complaints to include pleurisy, pneumonia, high uric acid levels/gout, hypertension, and edema.