Du Huo - Angelica Root

TCM Materia Medica

Du Huo TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "du huo" which in english is Du Huo herb"angelica root", is categorized within the "herbs that dispel wind dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and urinary bladder channels and exhibits acrid, bitter (ku) 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: 3-9g

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

  • Dispels wind-cold-damp - bi syndromes, especially lower back and legs (acute/chronic).
  • Shao yin stage headache and toothache.

Du Huo may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: headache and/or toothache

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, du huo is generally included in the following 6 formulas:

  • Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan (Solitary Hermit Teapills) - For chronic pain due to obstruction (bi zheng) with liver a…
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  • Jing Fang Bai Du Wan (Schizonepeta and Siler Powder to Overcome Pathogenic Influences) - Early stages of disease arising from wind cold damp - commo…
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  • Pian Tou Tong Wan (Migraine Pills) - Headaches and/or migraines caused by liver yang or liver fi…
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  • Ren Shen Bai Du Wan (Ginseng Detoxification Pills) - Coming Soon...
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  • Xi Guan Jie Bi Tong Wan (Knee Joint Pain Relief) - Arthritis from damp heat in Chinese Medicine terms. Knee i…
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  • Zhuang Gu Guan Jie Wan (Invigorate Bone and Joint Pills) - Damp and Cold bi-syndromes - arthritis (osteo primarily), j…
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    As noted above, du huo is within the herbs that dispel wind dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

    (truncated intro "... for wind-dampness from the muscle, sinews, joints, and bones; bi-syndromes. wind-predominant bi (xing bi) - pain moves from joint to join…)".

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