Stephania ( 汉防己 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Stephania Tetrandrae

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Han Fang Ji

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used





Bitter, acrid

Meridians Entered

Lungs, Spleen

Common Usages

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.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use where there is internal dampness. Use cautiously with Yin deficiency.

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