Da Fu Pi - Areca Peel, Betel Husk

TCM Materia Medica

Da Fu Pi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "da fu pi" which in english is "areca peel, betel husk", is categorized within the "herbs that regulate the qi" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine, small intestine, spleen and stomach channels and exhibits acrid and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 6-9g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Promotes the downward movement of Qi, reduces stagnation - food stagnation and qi obstruction w/epigastric and abdominal distention, belching, acid regurgitation, constipation.
  • Expels damp, promotes urination - edema, dampness in the stomach and intestines.

Da Fu Pi may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: acid reflux disease (gerd), constipation and/or edema

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, da fu pi is generally included in the following 1 formula:

ViewHuo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan (Agastache Powder to Correct the Qi)

Acute flu or cold symptoms including fever, aversion to cold, headaches, sinus pressure, runny nose. Vomitting and diarrhea from interior damp with possible abdominal cramps or pains.

As noted above, da fu pi is within the herbs that regulate the qi functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... used with qi disorders involving deficiency and stagnation. these herbs are primarily used for stagnation involving the spleen and stomach, constrained liver qi, and stagnant lung qi. )".

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