Qi Ye Lian – Taiwan Schefflera Root – Radix Schefflerae

Qi Ye Lian

English Name: schefflera, scandent schefflera root, (dwarf umbrella tree)

Literal Name: “seven-leaf lotus”

Pharmaceutical Name: Radix Schefflerae

Medica Category: Wind Damp Dispelling Herbs – Pain Relieving Herbs

Properties: Qi Ye Lian enters the Liver channel; it is acrid and bitter in nature and warm in temperature.

What is Qi Ye Lian?:

The Chinese Herb Qi Ye Lian is the dried roots of the dwarf schefflera (or umbrella tree—Schefflera arborcola Hayata) in the Araliaceae Family (same as Ren Shen (ginseng)). This evergreen shrub grows in tropical regions (it loves humidity) and is native to Taiwan and Hainan province).

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Qi Ye Lian:

Qi Ye Lian dispels wind and dampness from the channels and collaterals and is used topically treat bi zheng (painful obstruction syndrome) both from wind-cold-damp invasion and from traumatic injury.