Botanical Name: Linderae Radix

Wu Yao

Wu Yao

Category: Regulate the Qi

Taste: Acrid

Temperature: Warm

Channels Entered: Lung, Spleen, Bladder, Kidney

Dosage: 3-9g

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Because this herb is acrid, warm, and drying, it can disperse the qi and deplete the blood. It should not be used in those with significant qi and blood xu or internal heat.

Actions & Indications:

  • Promotes the movement of qi and alleviates pain: for a stifling sensation in the chest, flank pain, and epigastric and abdominal pain and distention due to constraint from cold and qi stagnation. The herb warms and disperses, and is effective in spreading and unblocking the qi dynamic. It thereby smooths the flow of qi, facilitates the middle, disperses cold, and stops pain in many areas. It is also used when cold accumulation and qi stagnation manifest in lower abdominal pain, bulging disorders, or mentrual pain.
  • Warms the Kidneys: for urinary frequency or incontinence due to insufficiency of KD yang and cold from deficiency of the bladder.