Notoptergi ( 羌活 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Notopterygii

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Qiang-Huo or Chiang-Huo

Common English Name

Notoptergi

Part of Plant Used

Root

Nature

Warm

Taste

Acrid, bitter, aromatic

Meridians Entered

Bladder, Kidneys

Common Usages

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.

Processing Required

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Remarks

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Cautions in Use

Do not use where there is deficient Blood or Yin, or where there is a deficient exterior imbalance.



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