Traditional Chinese Medicine/Qiang Huo

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notopterygium root

(Chinese: 羌活, Pinyin: qiāng huó)

Latin Name: Radix Et Rhizoma Notopterygii [1]


Taste & Temperature:

Channels:

  • Foot Tai Yang of Urinary Bladder
  • Foot Shao Yin of Kidney

Actions & Indications:

  • disperse Wind-Cold (Warm & Spicy)
  • Expel Wind-Cold-Damp
  • stop headache
  • Tai Yang headache (occipital)
  • Expel Wind-Cold-Damp, especially for upper part of body pain
  • guide Qi to Tai Yang & Du channels

Contraindications:

  • Qi & Yin deficiency causing excessive sweating
  • Blood, Yin and exterior deficiency
  • overdose may cause nausea and vomiting

Caution:

  • Yin deficiency syndrome
  • Blood deficiency
  • chronic skin infection

Dosage:

  • 2-5 qian (6-15 grams)

Similar Actions to:

  • Gao Ben - Tai Yang headache
  • Bai Zhi - Yang Ming headache, toothache, nasal congestion

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Notes[edit]

  1. YEPING SUN, QIANG XU. "AQUEOUS EXTRACT FROM RHIZOMA NOTOPTERYGII REDUCES CONTACT SENSITIVITY BY INHIBITING LYMPHOCYTE MIGRATION VIA DOWN-REGULATING METALLOPROTEINASE ACTIVITY", Pharmacological Research, Volume 46, Issue 4, October 2002, Pages 333-337