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Introduction To Scrophularia Root (xuan shen)









Scrophularia Root (xuan shen)

Radix Scrophulariae

Properties: Bitter, sweet and salty in flavour, cold in nature, it acts on the lung and kidney channels. Its bitter and cold properties purge the fire downward. The sweet and cold properties possess the moisturing quality and the characteristics of salty and cold can enter the blood division. This herb is good at clearing away heat to cool the blood, and dispelling the noxious heat. So it is indicated for the syndromes of excessive heat in the blood division, manifested as heat invasion to ying and blood division, intense heat in both Qi and blood systems and heat invasion to pericardium. It is also capable of norishing Yin of lung and kidney, purging downward the fire of deficiency type, detoxicating and resolving lumps. It is often used to cure hyperactivity of fire due to Yin deficiency, scrofula and superficial suppurative infections.

Effects: Clearing away heat to cool the blood, detoxicating, dissolving lumps, nourishing Yin and purging the fire.


1. For the febrile diseases manifested as the syndromes of heat, invasion of ying and blood systems, rash and eruption, heat, invasion of pericardium, it is often used in combination with the drugs for removing heat from the blood and detoxicating, such as rhinoceros horn, rehmannia root and coptis root, known as Qingying Tang (Decoction for Clearing Heat in the Ying Division) and Huaban Tang (Decoction for Relieving Feverish Rash).

2.  For scrofula and suppurative infections on body surface, it is used in combination with the drugs for softening and resolving hard mass, such as fritillary bulb, oyster shell, etc. In cases of superficial suppurative infections, swollen and sore throat, it is used in combination with the heat-clearing and detoxicating drugs, such as fousythia fruit, viola herb, etc.

3.  For the syndromes of deficiency of lung-and kidney-yin, flaring up of the fire of deficiency type, cough due to pulmonary tuberculosis, sore throat and night sweat, it is used in combination with the drugs for nourishing Yin and purging fire, such as wolfberry bark, ophiopogon root, anemarrhena rhizome, etc.

Dosage and Administration: 10-15g.

Precautions: It is incompatible with hellebore root and contraindicated in spleen-deficiency.


For the convenience of customers, we offer the Scrophularia Root (xuan shen) as the  quick-dissolving granule made through modern technology.




Every sachet is equivalent to raw herb 10 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.


Air ship 50 sachets of Scrophularia Root (xuan shen) in the form of quick-dissolving granule for your personal use now at $98.00.

If you would like to order this raw herb, please go to the order form.


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