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Wind-damp-dispelling and pain-alleviating herbs

Du Huo (Radix Angelicae Pubescentis)
Du Huo (Radix Angelicae Pubescentis)Du Huo (Radix Angelicae Pubescentis)
Origin: the root of herbaceous plant Angelica pubescens Maxim. f. biserrata Shan et Yuan of family Umbelliferae.
The actual smell and taste: fragrant, bitter and pungent taste, light benumbing.
Pungent, bitter, slightly warm; liver, kidney, and lung meridians entered.
Dispel wind-damp, alleviate pain, release exterior.
1. Arthralgia due to wind, cold and dampness
Being pungent, bitter and fragrant with the actions of dispersing, eliminating, warming and dredging, it excels in dispelling wind-damp and alleviating arthralgia, and is indicated for all kinds of arthralgia syndrome due to wind, cold and dampness no matter acute or chronic; it is often combined with other wind-damp-dispelling and cold-dispersing herbs such as Fang Feng and Fu Zi soaked in wine, as Du Huo Jiu from Qian Jin Fang. It chiefly enters liver and kidney meridians, moves in descending direction and specializes in dispelling wind-'damp from lower portion of the body when compared with Qiang Huo, so it is suitable for pain of waist and legs, paralysis and arthralgia of feet due to pathogenic wind, cold and dampness. For concomitant symptoms such as deficiency of liver and kidney, insufficiency of qi and blood, it is often combined with liver-kidney tonics, blood-activating and blood-nourishing herbs such as Sang Ji Sheng, Du Zhong, Dang Gui and Niu Xi, as in Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang from Qian Jin Fang.
2. Exterior syndrome due to wind-cold with dampness
Being pungent and warm with the actions of releasing exterior, bitter and warm with drying dampness, it has a similar but moderate effects to that of Qiang Huo, so it is suitable for headache, heavy head, general pain of the body caused by affection of exogenous wind-clod with dampness, and often combined with other wind-cold-dispersing herbs such as Qiang Huo, Gao Ben and Fang Feng, as in Qiang Huo Sheng Shi Tang from Nei Wai Shang Bian Huo Lun.
In addition, it is also indicated for dermal pruritus by means of oral administration or external washout because of the actions of dispelling wind and removing dampness, headache and toothache for reason of the actions of alleviating pain.
Dosage and Administrations
Decoct 3-9g. Proper dosage is for topical application.
Being pungent, fragrant, bitter and dry, it should be used cautiously to treat patients with can easily damage yin and body fluid, so it usual constitution of yin deficiency and blood dryness.

Wei Ling Xian (Radix Clematidis)
Wei Ling Xian (Radix Clematidis)Wei Ling Xian (Radix Clematidis)
Origin: the roots and rhizomes of Clematis chinensis Osbeck, C. hexapetala Pall. or C. manshurica Rupr. of family Ranunculaceae.
The actual smell and taste: Clematis chinensis Osbeck is light in smell and tasteless; C. hexapetala Pall is salty; and C. manshurica Rupr. is pungent and spicy.
Pungent, salty, warm; liver and spleen meridians entered.
Dispel wind-damp, unblock collaterals and alleviate pain.
Arthralgia syndrome due to wind-damp
Being pungent and warm with the actions of dispersing and smoothing, it can both dispel wind-damp and unblock collaterals to alleviate pain. It is indicated for arthralgia syndrome due to wind-damp, numbness of the limbs, spasm of the tendons and vessels, and difficulty of flexing and extending wherever the diseased region is, especially in treating spasm and dragging pain predominantly due to pathogenic wind. It is often combined with other wind-damp-dispelling herbs such as Du Huo, Qiang Huo and Mu Gua, etc.
In addition, for mild condition of fish bones or other bones stuck in the throat, it can be decocted singly or with brown sugar and vinegar, and then swallowed slowly after filtering the decoction.
Dosage and Administrations
Decoct 6-9g.

Fang Ji (Radix Stephaniae Tetrandrae)
Fang Ji (Radix Stephaniae Tetrandrae)Fang Ji (Radix Stephaniae Tetrandrae)
Origin: the root of Stephania tetrandra S. Moore of family Menispermaceae.
The actual smell and taste: light smell and bitter taste.
Bitter, pungent, cold; liver, kidney and bladder meridians entered.
Dispel wind damp, alleviate pain, clear heat and induce diuresis.
1. Arthralgia syndrome due to wind-dampness
Being pungent with the actions of activating and dispersing, bitter and cold with descending and discharging, it can dispel wind damp, alleviate arthralgis and clear heat. Rated as the essential herb, it is suitable for treating arthralgis syndrome due to wind damp for which the damp-heat is the predominant factor, sour and heavy sensation of the limbs, red swelling and pain of joints, and often combined with other heavy sensation of the limbs, red swelling and pain of joints, and often combined with other damp removing, heat clearing and arthralgia relieving herbs, such as Hua Shi, Yi Yi Ren, Zhi Zi and Can Sha, as in Xuan Bi Tang from Wen Bing Tiao Bian. For arthralgia syndrome due to wind, dampness and cold, it should be combined with wind-damp-dispelling herbs, or meridians-warming and cold-dispelling herbs. For example, Wu Tou and Rou Gui, as in Fang Ji Tang from Qian Jin Fang.
2. Edema, difficulty in micturition
Being bitter and cold with the action of descending the adverse flow of qi and induce diuresis, it can clear heat and induce diuresis to alleviate edema. Rated as the commonly used herb for treating edema and difficulty in micturition, it is especially suitable for above condition caused by excessive damp-heat in lower energizer, and often combined with heat-clearing and diuresis-inducing herbs such as Jiao Mu , Ting Li Zi and Da Huang, as in Ji Jiao Li Huang Wan from Jin Kui Yao Lue. It is much powerful in the action of inducing diuresis to alleviate edema, and can be used for treating edema due to yang deficiency when being combined with yang-warming and qi-replenishing and diuresis-inducing herbs. For example, Fu Ling, Gui Zhi and Huang Qi, as in Fang Ji Fu Ling Tang from Jin Kui Yao Lue.
In addition, it can also be used to treat downward flow of damp turbidity to the foot, algesic edema of feet and legs, eczema and sores.
Dosage and Administrations
Decoct 5-10g.
Being bitter and cold, it can easily damage stomach qi, so it should be used cautiously to treat patients with anorexia and weak constitution due to yin deficiency.

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 14 November, 2012.

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