Dipsacus ( 续断 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name


Pinyin Mandarin Name

Xu Duan

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used



Slightly warm


Bitter, acrid

Meridians Entered

Liver, Kidney

Common Usages

Dipsacus is renowned for its healing effects in treating fractures and other injuries, and may be used both internally and externally for those conditions. It is also used in formulas to treat soreness of the lower back and legs due to weakness, and to treat complications of pregnancy that also are due to weakness, including bleeding and threatened miscarriage.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Tonifies Liver and Kidneys and strengthens sinews and bones; promotes circulation of Blood; stops uterine bleeding and calms the fetus.

Common Formulas Used In

Tang Gui and Indigo.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use this herb where there is deficient Yin or strong signs of heat.

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