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Introduction To Storax (su he xiang) 








Storax (su he xiang) 

Styrax Liquidus 

Properties: Pungent in flavour, warm in nature, it has affinity to the heart and spleen channels. Being pungent, volatile and warm in nature, it can invigorate channels; and as an aromatic, it has a stronger stimulating action on the sense organs. It functions in inducing resuscitation an restoring consciousness. It is similar to Moschus but weak in potency. It is used mostly as an adjuvant for treatment of coma in type of cold-blockage, In addition, it also has effects of dispelling cold and alleviating pain, serving to treat cold pain in the chest and the abdomen due to accumulation of cold and Qi-stagnation.

Effects: Resuscitating and restoring consciousness., dispelling cold and relieving pain.


1. For apoplexy, diseases caused by pestilent factors, syncope resulting from disorder of Qi, coma and mental confusion in the type of cold-blockage resulting from stagnation of cold-phlegm and dampness, it is often used with pungent herbs for warming and invigorating meridians aromatics inducing resuscitation, such as Flos Caryophlli, Lignum Aquilariae Resinatum, Radix Aucklandiae, Moschus, etc. , as in Storax Pill (Suhexiang Wan).

2. For thoracic and abdominal distending pain due to accumulation of cold and stagnation of Qi, it can be used with herbs for promoting Qi flow, dispelling cold and relieving pain, such as Rhizoma Cyperi, Radix Aucklandiae, Radix Linderae, Rhizoma Corydalis, etc. ; for obstruction of Qi and colic it the chest due to Qi and blood stasis, it is used with Resina Olibani, Lignum Santali, Radix Aristochiae, etc, to promote circulation of Qi and blood, remove obstruction of Qi and relieve pain, as Storax Pill for Coronary Heart Disease (Guanxin Suhe Wan).

Dosage and Administration: 0.3-1g, used in pill or powder not in decoction.

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