Siler ( 防风 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Bladder, Liver, Spleen
This herb is used in formulas to treat symptoms of skin eruptions, headache, chills, and body aches; swollen and achy joints and muscles with wandering joint pain; painful diarrhea and bright blood in the stools; and trembling of hands and feet and lockjaw symptoms when combined with specific other herbs (TCM: exterior wind symptoms; wind-damp symptoms; Intestinal wind symptoms; exterior wind).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Releases exterior and expels wind; expels wind dampness and alleviates pain; expels wind.
Common Formulas Used In
Clematis and Stephania; Cnidium and Tea; Qiang-Huo and Turmeric; Tu-Huo and Loranthus; Xanthium and Magnolia.
Cautions in Use
Do not use where there is deficient Blood with spasms or deficient Yin with heat signs.