Pharmaceutical Latin: Herba Siegesbeckiae
Common English: Siegesbeckia
St. Paul's Wort
Hairy Siegesbeckia    
Herbs that Dispel Wind-Dampness
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
(Slightly Cold)
Malaria: 45g
Tincture: 1-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Dispels Wind-Dampness, strengthens the sinews and unblocks the channels and collaterals

Wind-Damp Bi with joint pain

Because it is good at unblocking the channels and invigorating the collaterals it is commonly used for spasms, numbness and cramps in the extremities and weak legs, including weakness as a sequela of Wind-stroke with numbness and weakness of the back and legs, facial paralysis and hemiplegia

Clears Heat and pacifies the Liver

Liver Yang Rising with headache, dizziness

Clears and transforms Damp-Heat and eliminates toxins

Damp-Heat sores and itching, Wind-Damp rashes and other forms of itching

Treats hypertension


Calms the Spirit

Irritability, insomnia, tinnitus, vertigo and forgetfulness

  • Contraindicated for those with numbness or Bi Syndrome due to Yin or Blood Deficiency.
  • Contraindicated for those with numbness or Bi Syndrome due to Spleen and Kidney Deficiency.
  • Use extreme caution for pregnant women and children.

Rx. Clematidis
Wei Ling Xian

Spica Prunellae
Xia Ku Cao

Fol. Clerodendri
Chou Wu Tong

Wind-Dampness with bone and sinew soreness and pain and numbness in the extremities.

Liver Fire or Liver Yang Rising with blurred vision, headache, and dizziness.


  1. The fresh herb can be crushed and the juice used for spider and snake bites. The juice will cause vomiting if ingested.
  2. It can be used as a single herb internally and topically for dermatological disorders.
  3. The juice can be used as an emetic to bring up Phlegm.
  4. Some sources consider this herb to be in the "Spirit Calming" category.
  5. Both Xi Xian Cao and Fol. Clerodendron Chou Wu Tong treat Wind-Damp Bi and itchy rashes due to Wind or Dampness. Xi Xian Cao is best for dispelling Wind-Dampness within the sinews and bones and treats Wind-Stroke leading to paralysis and is especially effective for numbness of the limbs. Chou Wu Tong calms Liver Yang to treat dizziness and can be used alone for this.
  6. Untreated Siegesbeckia Sheng Xi Xian Cao clears Liver Heat, transforms Damp-Heat, treats Damp-Heat sores and rashes and Liver Yang rising with headaches and dizziness It can be applied topically fore sores and snakebites.
  7. Wine-fried Siegesbeckia Jiu Zhi Xi Xian Cao dispels Wind-Dampness and strengthens the sinews and bones. It treats Wind-Stroke, hemiplegia, headache, dizziness, pain from Wind-Damp Bi and weakness of the knees and lower limbs. It is not cooling, but slightly warming and tonifying.