Botanical Name: Saposhnikoviae Radix

Category: Warm, Acrid Herbs that Release the Exterior

Fang Feng

Fang Feng

Taste: Acrid, Sweet
Temperature: Slightly Warm

Channels Entered: Bladder, Liver ,Spleen

Dosage: 4.5-9g

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Contraindicated with exuberant fire from yin deficiency, spasms from blood deficiency, or in the absence of pathogenic wind, dampness, or cold.

Actions & Indications:

  • Releases the exterior and expels wind: for headache, chills, and body aches due to externally-contracted wind- cold.
  • Expels wind-dampness and alleviates pain: for exterior wind-damp painful obstruction, especially when wind dominates.
  • Expels wind and relieves spasms: as an auxiliary herb to alleviate trembling of the hands and feet and tetany.
  • Also for Intestinal wind due to imbalance between the Spleen and Liver manifested in recurrent, painful diarrhea with bright blood in the stool. Also for migraine headaches.

Combinations:

Fang Feng

Fang Feng

  • Zi Su Ye: very common combination for external wind.
  • Chuan Xiong: spasms and convulsions.
  • Mu Xiang: to calm digestion.

Notes:

  • This herb is very effective, but is not drying.  It disperses more strongly than it warms, and can be used both in conditions of wind-heat and wind-cold, especially with body aches.
  • Treats wind and cold in the muscles layer and joints, for conditions of pain, such as arthritis, that are worse with cold, damp weather.
  • Fang Feng is hemostatic when charred.  Used for excessive menstrual bleeding.
  • Can be used to detoxify the body from heavy metal poisoning.

 

 

 

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