The TCM herb "han fang zi" which in english is "stephania root", 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:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, han fang zi is generally included in the following 2 formulas:
Wind damp / wind edema (feng shui, literally "wind water") patterns, generally acute - heavy sensation of the body, superficial edema, difficulty with urination - idiopathic edema, ascites. Weak wei…
As noted above, han fang zi is within the herbs that drain dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
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