Stephania ( 汉防己 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Han Fang Ji
Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
This herb is used in formulas to treat inflammation of knees with spasms of hands and feet; gurgling intestines with bloating; edema of lower half of body with swollen legs and feet; arthritis and rheumatism; and high blood pressure (TCM: external damp-heat conditions). Also used as a diuretic.
Traditional Usages and Functions
Promotes urination and reduces edema; expels wind dampness and alleviates pain.
Common Formulas Used In
Clematis and Stephania; Stephania and Astragalus.
Cautions in Use
Do not use where there is internal dampness. Use cautiously with Yin deficiency.