The TCM herb "du huo" which in english is "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:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
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:
For chronic pain due to obstruction (bi zheng) with liver and kidney deficiency. For lower back pain often with weakness and/or pain in the knees. For arthritis, especially the type affected by col…
Early stages of disease arising from wind cold damp - common cold, flu, bronchitis, mumps. Early stages of skin diseases - boils, carbuncles, eczema, dermatitis with the right underlying factors. M…
Headaches and/or migraines caused by liver yang or liver fire rising.
Arthritis from damp heat in Chinese Medicine terms. Knee issues with kidney and liver systems involvement. Lower body pain and/or inflammation - hips, knees, ankles, toes especially when the pain m…
Damp and Cold bi-syndromes - arthritis (osteo primarily), joint pain, muscles aches that is aggravated with cold and/or damp weather - weakness of the knee, pain in lower back, general weakness, pain…
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 joint. cold-predominant bi (tong bi) - severe, fixed pain that is made worse by cold. damp-predominant b…)".
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