Pinellia Rhizome (Bàn Xià)

Cropped_Ban_XiaThis herb is a common plant that is harvested in the later parts of summer.  It is toxic and it has to be processed to remove the harmful chemicals.  It can be used topically in its unprocessed form.

In Chinese it is called Bàn Xià (pronounced like “ban shyah”) and the characters are 半夏.  The name means “half summer.

Pinellia rhizome “dries dampness and dissolves phlegm.”  It is indicated for copious amounts of mucus and phlegm.  Symptoms include coughing, dyspnea, vomiting, dizziness, vertigo, Meniere’s Disease, chest congestion or oppression.  It can dissolve either white, yellow or green mucus.  Other signs will include a greasy tongue coating.

Bàn Xià “redirects abnormally rising stomach qi and relieves nausea and vomiting.”  Any type of nausea or vomiting can be treated with pinellia, other herbs are used with it to help treat the exact cause of the nausea and vomiting.

Pinellia “dissipates nodules and disperses stagnation.”  It helps treat globus hystericus, which the Chinese call “plum pit qi.”  This is a feeling of something caught in the throat or a generalized tightness in the throat.  Other maladies that can be treated include goiter, scrofula, or thyroid nodules.  Also, topically, it can treat sores, skin ulcers, carbuncles and breast abscesses.

Bàn Xià has antitussive, antiemetic, and antineoplastic properties.  The herb is 60% effective in treating cervical cancer.  Another study with 1347 women with cervical erosion showed a 97.18% effective rate and a 44.77% recovery rate with topical treatment of pinellia.

Pinellia tuber has the power to treat your phlegm and mucus.  It also can help with nausea and even in some cases cancer.  The video below has some of this information in a different form.  The video is short and won’t take up too much of your time.  Click on the video and watch it.  Please share this information with your friends.


Source:  Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology- Chen and Chen

Eric Waltemate, DC, LAc (IN)
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