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Pinellia is a traditional Chinese medicinal herb that is also known as Pinellia ternata or Banxia in Chinese. It is a perennial plant that is native to China, Japan, and Korea.

Pinellia is primarily used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat digestive and respiratory conditions, such as coughing, wheezing, and phlegm accumulation. It is also used to promote digestion and to relieve nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some cases, Pinellia may also be used to treat symptoms of vertigo, headache, and other conditions.

The root of the Pinellia plant is the most commonly used part of the plant in traditional Chinese medicine. It contains a variety of active compounds, including alkaloids and volatile oils, that are believed to be responsible for its therapeutic effects.



  • Respiratory health: Pinellia is often used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat respiratory conditions such as coughing, wheezing, and phlegm accumulation. It is believed to work by promoting circulation and breaking up mucus in the lungs, which can help alleviate respiratory symptoms.

  • Digestive health: Pinellia is also used in traditional Chinese medicine to promote digestive health. It is believed to help regulate digestive function and to alleviate symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

  • Anti-inflammatory effects: Pinellia is believed to have anti-inflammatory effects, which may make it useful in treating conditions such as arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.



  • Pinellia can be toxic when consumed in large amounts or in raw form. It is important to use Pinellia only under the guidance of a trained healthcare provider and to avoid excessive or prolonged use.

  • Pinellia can cause gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, in some people, particularly when taken in high doses.

  • Pinellia can interact with certain medications, including blood thinners and medications for high blood pressure, and should not be used by people taking these medications without first consulting a healthcare provider.

  • The safety of using Pinellia during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been fully studied, and it is best to consult with a healthcare provider before using it during these times.

  • Some people may be allergic to Pinellia and should avoid using it if they experience any allergic reactions.


Tastes LIke:

Pinellia may be included as a component of a larger herbal tea or formula, which can have a range of flavors depending on the other herbs included in the mixture. In these cases, Pinellia is believed to have a pungent and bitter taste.



  • Decoction: A decoction is a strong tea made by boiling herbs in water. To prepare a decoction that includes Pinellia, place the prescribed amount of the herb and other ingredients in a pot with water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 20-30 minutes. The mixture is then strained and consumed as directed.

  • Powder: Pinellia may also be ground into a powder and added to other powdered herbs to create a customized formula. The powdered herbs can be mixed with water to create a tea or taken directly in capsules or pills.

  • Topical use: In some cases, Pinellia may be used topically in the form of a poultice or plaster. To make a poultice, the herb is typically mixed with other herbs and a medium such as oil or honey, and applied directly to the skin as directed.

Pinellia (Ban Zia Su)

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