Tan Xiang – White Sandalwood (heartwood) – Santalum

Nature: acrid, warm

Enters: Lung, Spleen, Stomach

Actions: Regulates Qi, adjusts the middle Jiao; disperses cold, relieves pain.

• Cold obstruction, Qi stagnation: chest and abdominal pain.
• Stomach cold: thin, clear, watery vomit.
• Promotes activation of local immune system. Some people hang a small bag of it over the chest to prevent EPI’s.
• Recently used for coronary artery disease.
• Precious and expensive. When used in decoctions, it should be added near the end of cooking, to preserve its aromatic compounds. Often used as a powder. Choose cultivated sandalwood, as the wildcrafted product is endangered.
DY: With Dan shen to regulate and rectify the Qi and blood, move the Qi and blood, free the flow of the network vessels, and stop pain. For the following indications, wine mix-fried Dan shen should be used:
– 1. Chest Bi or impediment, heart diseases with severe cardiac pain due to Qi and blood stasis. If heart blood stasis is severe, add San qi, Hong hua, and Yan hu suo. If Qi stagnation is severe, add Chen xiang and Qing mu xiang. If there is phlegm-damp obstruction in the chest, Gua lou pi, Jie geng, and Zhi ke. If there is chest Yang deficiency, add Xie bai, Gui zhi, and Fu zi. If there is Qi deficiency, add Huang qi, Zhi gan cao, and Ren shen.
– 2. Stomach pain due to Qi and blood stasis.
Yoga: Chandana: P, V-; K or Ama+ (in excess)
• Bitter, sweet, astringent/cooling/sweet.
• Alterative, hemostatic, antiseptic, antibacterial, carminative, sedative, refrigerant.
• Eye diseases, cystitis, urethritis, vaginitis, acute dermatitis, herpes zoster, bronchitis, palpitations, gonorrhea, sunstroke.
• Calms and cools the body and mind; stops sweats; reduces fever.
• Applying the oil on the third eye relieves heat and thirst and is good for fever or overexposure to the sun.
• Helps the awakening of intelligence, special function to help open the third eye, increase devotion, and promote meditation.
• Aids in the transmutation of sexual energy.
• Good for most inflammation; good anti-Pitta herb.
• External: as a paste or oil for infectious sores, ulcers.
Hsu: Diuretic; increases WBC count.

Dose: 3-9g (1.5-3g as powder)


The Essential Oil:
K&R: Urinary antiseptic.
• Water: UTI (in deficient patient), impotence, frigidity.
Metal: Chronic bronchitis, tuberculosis, chronic or severe diarrhea.
KAD: An active substance of agreeable odor employed in the treatment of subacute and chronic affections of mucous tissues, particularly gonorrhoea after the active symptoms have been mitigated. Chronic bronchitis, with fetid expectoration, chronic mucous diarrhoea, chronic inflammation of the bladder and pyelitis are also said to be benefitted by it. It occasionally disturbs the gastrointestinal tract, and, like copaiba, which it was introduced to supersede, it will occasion cutaneous eruptions. The dose ranges from 5 to 20 drops, in capsules or emulsion. (Note, this essential oil is often adulterated, due to its expense. Only genuine, steam-distilled oil should ever be taken internally.)
EODR: Anti-tumor, antiviral, immune stimulant
• Cancer, viral infections (herpes simplex – cold sores, herpes zoster, HPV, etc.), acne, wrinkles, scars.
• Enhances deep sleep, may remove negative programming from the cells. High in sesquiterpenes that stimulate the pineal gland and the limbic system of the brain, the center of emotions. Can be grounding and stabilizing.
• Apply 2-4 drops directly on location.

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