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Xuan Shen (Radix Scrophulariae Ningpoensis)


Xuan Shen (Scrophulariae ningpoensis) may also be called Chinese figworth or Scophularia. Xuan Shen is a common Chinese medicinal herb that is used for fever and inflammatory disorders. This herb has beautiful pink to red blossoms that may look like small cups. The root of the Xuan Shen is the most widely used part of the plant for medicinal purposes.

History and Origin

The use of Xuan Shen in ancient Chinese medicine is related to Chinese beliefs that the body is controlled by the balance of the Yin and the Yang , the positive and the negative energy known to exist in nature and in the human body. The Xuan Shen has many therapeutic properties, all attributed to balancing the Yin and the Yang in the human body. Entire body wellness is achieved with this balance according to ancient Chinese medicine.

Ancient Uses

Ancient Chinese medicine has brought the use of the Xuan Shen as a remedy to clear heat and to cool blood. This basically means that the heat on the Yin level of the body is treated; fever, irritability, insomnia and dryness of the mouth is effectively cured.

Modern Uses

Recent studies regarding the effectiveness of Xuan Shen in the treatment of various diseases have been done. Along with a long history of use in ancient Chinese medicine, the Xuan Shen is found to be an effective remedy to fight inflammation and can be beneficial for people who have arthritis and rheumatism. It is effective in relieving pain, redness and swelling of the joints as seen in osteoarthritis as well.

Xuan Shen can also relieve fever that has an unknown origin and can also relieve bleeding too. It is also known to treat lymphatic gland disorders such as swelling of the lymph glands and pain experienced within the glands. This herb is useful for people who have goiter and other nodules in the body.

Chinese medicine practitioners believe that the Xuan Shen is able to balance the Yin and Yang in the body making negative energy drain out from the system. It clears heat and relieves the body of toxins and also softens hard nodules and lumps.

Side Effects

The most common side effect of Xuan Shen is gastric intolerance. Since Xuan Shen is taken raw (9- 15 grams of raw herb in a day) some minor side effects like stomach pain, bloating and gas may develop. It is contraindicated in pregnant and breastfeeding women. The use of Xuan Shen should be consulted with a naturopathic doctor or certified herbalist, especially if you want to reap the full medicinal properties that this herb can provide.

The Xuan Shen is also contraindicated while taking the herb Radix veratri. The use of Xuan Shen may also bring adverse drug reactions when taken with your current medications. It is therefore necessary to ask your doctor for advice regarding the correct use and dosage of Xuan Shen. Even if there are no notable major side effects of Xuan Shen, it is still wise to ask your doctor regarding alternative medicine and what it can do for your illness.

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