Fang Feng - Ledebouriella root, siler

TCM Materia Medica

Fang Feng TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "fang feng" which in english is Fang Feng herb"ledebouriella root, siler", is categorized within the "herbs that release the exterior wind cold" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver, spleen and urinary bladder channels and exhibits sweet (gan) 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:

  • Releases exterior, expel wind-cold (headache, chills, body ache)
  • Bi-Syndromes, Wind-Damp, alleviates pain, relieves spasms (not very strong, only as a supporting herb)
  • Trembling hands and/or feet
  • Spleen/Liver intestinal issues - painful diarrhea, bright blood in stool
  • Migraines
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Fang Feng has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid in Yin Deficiency - Empty Heat
  • Avoid in spasms from Blood Deficiency

Fang Feng may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: diarrhea, headache and/or migraines

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, fang feng is generally included in the following 16 formulas:

  • Bi Yan Wan (Nose Inflammation Tablets) - For acute or chronic rhinitis resulting from the combinatio…
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  • Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan (Ligusticum Tea Pills) - Headaches, primarily from wind-cold (but used with wind-hea…
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  • Dan Gui Yin Zi (Tangkuei Decoction) - Exterior wind skin conditions with underlying blood defic…
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  • Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan (Solitary Hermit Teapills) - For chronic pain due to obstruction (bi zheng) with liver a…
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  • Fang Feng Tong Sheng Wan (Ledebouriella Pills to Sagely Unblock) - High fever with aversion to cold. Thick phlegm that may …
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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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  • Jin Gu Die Da Wan (Tendon and Bone Injury Healing) - Bruising, sprains, swelling from soft tissue injuries. Bro…
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  • Juan Bi Wan (Remove Painful Obstruction Decoction) - Wind-cold-damp bi syndromes in qi deficient patients - join…
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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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  • Shu Jing Huo Xue Wan (Relax The Channels and Invigorate The Blood Decoction) - Primarily used for blood stasis with wind-damp in the chann…
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  • Tong Xie Yao Fang Wan (Important Pills for Painful Diarrhea / Calm Wind Pills) - Diarrhea, particularly with abdominal cramping. Diarrhea w…
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  • Xian Fang Huo Ming Yin Wan (Immortals Formula For Sustaining Life) - Generally for short-term use with early stage heat toxins -…
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  • Xiao Feng Wan (Clear Wind Pill) - Itchy and red skin lesions, possibly with weeping -psoriasi…
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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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  • Xin Yi Wan (Magnolia Flower Powder) - Colds and/or allergies with cold signs (white mucus and/or …
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  • Yu Ping Feng Wan (Jade Windscreen Formula) - Frequent colds, flus, chronic bronchitis - general low immu…
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    As noted above, fang feng is within the herbs that release the exterior wind cold functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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