Fu Zi (Prepared Aconite Root) - Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Name: Fu Zi
English Name: Prepared Aconite Root

Clinical Usage and Indications

  • Restores devastated yang - extreme cold limbs with abundant cold symptoms.
  • Assists heart yang to unblock vessels and improve circulation, tonifies kidney yang to augment fire and avoid loss of the basal yang.
  • Warms fire and assists yang - any problem associated with weak heart, spleen, and/or kidneys.
  • Disperses cold, warms the channels, alleviates pain - wind-damp-cold bi, cold blocking organs, channels, sinews, bones or blood vessels.

Functional Groups (Click for Summary/Study Notes)

Dosage and Preparation Notes

  • Dosage: 1.5-15g
  • Boil for 30-60 minutes before adding others.

Channels/Meridians Influenced

Associated Temperature and Taste

Cautions and Contraindications

  • Avoid during Pregnancy.
  • Avoid in yin deficiency with false cold and true heat.

Staff Clinician Notes

  • Can be toxic to the central nervous system and the heart.

Herbal Formulas Which Include This Herb

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  • Fu Zi Li Zhong Wan

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  • Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan

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    Kidney yang deficiency signs - low back pain, weakness in the legs, knees, low back, low energy, low libido.

    The Pulse will be empty or frail and the Tongue will be pale and swollen with a thin white moist coat.


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  • Si Ni Tang Wan

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    Used for Yang Collapse in emergency situations but also to tonify Kidney Yang Deficiency in less severe cases.  Aversion to cold, very cold limbs, sensations of deep cold, fatigue, sleepiness, diarrhea with undigested food, vomiting, abdominal pain.

    The pulse will be deep and thin or deep and faint and the Tongue will be pale with a white, slippery tongue coating.


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  • Wu Mei Wan

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    Generally used with roundworms - abdominal pain, irritability, stifled chest w/heat, vomiting after eating, cold hands and/or feet.  Roundworms may be observed in vomit.

    Also has a broader application in chronic diarrhea, IBS, or other digestive disorders characterized by both heat and cold.  Symptoms may be chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain (often that is better w/heat).

    With parasites the tongue and pulse are less critical, with chronic conditions the Tongue may be red with a white coating.


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    • We Mei Wan - Parasites, UC, and IBS herbal formula

  • You Gui Wan

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    Signs of Kidney Yang deficiency - cold extremities, fatigue, impotence, weak/aching low back, knees, waist, aversion to cold, infertility, loose stools, incontinence or other urinary issues (frequent, difficult to restrain), edema in the lower body.

    The Pulse will be weak and the Tongue will be be pale with a thin white moist coat.


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