Gu Sui Bu - Drynaria Rhizome

TCM Materia Medica

Gu Sui Bu TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "gu sui bu" which in english is Gu Sui Bu herb"drynaria rhizome", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify yang" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and liver channels and exhibits 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: 6-18g

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

  • Tonify kidneys - weak low back and knee, diarrhea, tinnitus, decreased hearing, toothache, bleeding gums due to deficient kidneys.
  • Mending sinews and bones due to falls, fractures, contusions, sprains.
  • Stimulates growth of hair - used topically as a tincture for alopecia.

Gu Sui Bu may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: alopecia, tinnitus and/or toothache

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, gu sui bu is generally included in the following 4 formulas:

ViewGu Zhi Shu Song Wan (Osteoporosis Tablets)

For bone disorders includeing osteoporosis and osteopenia. May help reduce or prevent further bone loss.

ViewJin Gu Die Da Wan (Tendon and Bone Injury Healing)

Bruising, sprains, swelling from soft tissue injuries. Broken or bruised bones. For post surgery recovery. For any other type of acute trauma to the body.

ViewTe Xiao Jing Zhui Tong Wan (Patent Neck Pain Relief Pills)

Stiffness, pain, and/or tightness of the neck.

ViewZhuang Gu Guan Jie Wan (Invigorate Bone and Joint Pills)

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, gu sui bu is within the herbs that tonify yang functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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