Yi Zhi Xiang – Vernonia – Herba Vernoniae Cinereae

Yi Zhi Xiang

English Name:  vernonia

Literal Translation: “individual fragrance”

Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Vernoniae Cinereae

Medica Category: Wind-Heat Releasing Herbs

Properties: Yi Zhi Xiang enters Lung and Liver channels; it is acrid and bitter in nature and cool in temperature.

What is Yi Zhi Xiang?:

The Chinese Herb Yi Zhi Xiang is the dried aerial parts of the vernonia plant (Vernonia cinerea (L.)Less.). Vernonia itself is a genus of approximately 1000 species of small flowering plants that grows in fields and roadsides throughout temperate regions of the world.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Yi Zhi Xiang:

Yi Zhi Xiang clears wind-heat and lung heat in early stage wind heat invasions (i.e. early stage viral attack to the upper respiratory system).

Yi Zhi Xiang disperses qi stagnation, reduces swelling, and eliminates toxins in cases of Liver fire.