Guang Fang Zi - Aristolochia Root, Stephania

TCM Materia Medica

Guang Fang Zi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "guang fang zi" which in english is "aristolochia root, stephania", is categorized within the "herbs that drain dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney, spleen and urinary bladder channels and exhibits acrid, bitter (ku) and cold (han) 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: 3-15g

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

  • Expels wind-damp-heat - diffuse aches and pains, thirst, yellow, greasy tongue coat.
  • Promotes urination and reduces edema (facial or systemic) with wheezing or leg qi.

Guang Fang Zi has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Toxic - can lead to renal failure.

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding guang fang zi:

As noted above, guang fang zi is within the herbs that drain dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... there are two main types of dampness: accumulation of fluids in the body - edema, congested fluids (respiratory and digestive system). these herbs are good for edema below the wais…)".

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