Notoptergi ( 羌活 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Qiang-Huo or Chiang-Huo
Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Acrid, bitter, aromatic
This herb is used in formulas to treat pain associated with flu-like symptoms including headaches, joint pain-especially in upper back and limbs, and the pain of sinus congestion (TCM: surface/exterior conditions); also used to treat painful sores and inflammations.
Traditional Usages and Functions
Releases exterior and disperses cold; penetrates through painful obstruction and alleviates pain; guides Qi to Greater Yang and Governing Channels.
Common Formulas Used In
Clematis and Stephania; Cnidium and Tea; Qiang-Huo and Turmeric.
Cautions in Use
Do not use where there is deficient Blood or Yin, or where there is a deficient exterior imbalance.