Introduction To Senna Leaf  (fan xie ye)

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   Introduction To Senna Leaf (fan xie ye)











Senna Leaf (fan xie ye)  

Folium Cassiae

Properties: Sweet and bitter in flavour, cold in nature, it acts on large intestine channel. The herb has effects of clearing heat, lowering adverse flow of Qi, and loosening bowels. It is used in cases of accumulation of heat in large intestine, food stagnation, abdominal fullness due to dry stools and constipation. Small dosage of the herb has effects of laxative and elimination of stagnation, while large dosage has effects of drastics and hydragogues. It is a strong purgative, must be used cautiously.

Effects: Purging heat and removing stagnation.


It is effective on constipation caused by accumulation of heat or habitual constipation. The herb is soaked in water for oral use. For cases of severe constipation and gastric or abdominal distention, unripen bitter orange and magnolia bark (Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis) are used in combination with senna leaves for reinforcing the effects of purgation and relief of stagnation.

Dosage and Administration: 1.5-3g for laxation, 5-10g for purgation. The herb is soaked in boiling water for 5 minutes for oral administration.

Precautions: It should used cautiously for pregnant women.



For the convenience of customers, we offer the Senna Leaf (fan xie ye) as the quick-dissolving granule made through modern technology.




Every sachet is equivalent to raw herb 2 grams.


The dosage is for adults, one sachet each time, twice a day. Please put the granule into a cup, then put 50-100ml boiling water into the cup and stir it with spoon. You will get some tea, drink it when it is luke-warm. For children, the dosage should be reduced according to the weight.


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Agkistrodon Snake (bai hua she)

  Agkistrodon acutus

Properties: Sweet and salty in flavour, warm in nature, being poisonous, it acts on liver channel. The action may pass through exterior to interior, promoting the bone and expelling the wind, clearing the channels to arrest convulsion. It is suitable for rheumatic arthralgia, headache due to latent wind, tetanus, leprosy, intractable tinea, etc.

Effects: Expelling the wind and clearing channel, arresting the wind and convulsion.


1.  For rheumatic arthralgia, muscle spasm, it is used in combination with pubescent angelica root (Radix Angelicae pubescentis), Chinese angelica root (Radix Angelicae sinensis) and acanthopanax bark ( Cortex Acanthopanacis radicis), soaking in wine for drinking; for aphonia caused by apoplexy or hemiplagia, it is used together with astragalus root ( Radix Astragali seu Hedysari), and Chinese angelica root to tonify the Qi and blood, expel the wind and clear channels.

2.    For opisthotonus caused by tetanus, it is often used together with scorpion (Scorpio), gastrodia tuber ( Rhizoma Gastrodiae) and Arisaema consanguineum Schott; for infantile convulsion caused by high fever, it is used in combination with cow bezoare (Calculus Bovis) and Arisaema Bilis.

In addition, it is suitable for headache caused by latent wind, chronic infantile convulsion due to insufficiency of spleen, leprosy and intractable tinea.

Dosage and Administration: 3-10g in decoction; 0.5-1g in powder. One whole snake for decoction; 0.5-1g for powder.

Zaocys Dhumnades (Cantor)

It belongs to Calubridae (Family Zaocys). This drug is the whole snake after removal of its viscera. Sweet in flavour, neutral in nature, and nonpoisonous, its effects are similar to those of Agkistrodon snake but milder. The usual dosage is 5-10g, 2-3g in powder.