Hei Lao Hu Gen - Root of Scarlet Kadsura

TCM Materia Medica

Hei Lao Hu Gen TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "hei lao hu gen" which in english is "root of scarlet kadsura", is categorized within the "herbs that regulate the qi" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver, spleen and stomach 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:

  • Dosage: 9-15g

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

  • Relieve qi stagnation and blood stasis, opens the channels - useful for a range of middle jiao issues involved abdominal pain, ulcer, dysmenorrhea.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, other acute traumas, hernias.

Hei Lao Hu Gen has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid in pregnancy.

A single herb is not often thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. Hei Lao Hu Gen, however, is a strong candidate to be considered when needing to influence stomach blood stagnation.

Hei Lao Hu Gen may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain - cramps) and/or rheumatoid arthritis (ra)

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, hei lao hu gen is generally included in the following 1 formula:

ViewZhuang Yao Jian Shen Wan (Strengthen The Back And Benefit The Kidney Pills)

Weakness in the lower parts of the body from kidney yang and kidney qi deficiency - low back pain, weak back, hips, knees, leg, weak tendons.

As noted above, hei lao hu gen is within the herbs that regulate the qi functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... used with qi disorders involving deficiency and stagnation. these herbs are primarily used for stagnation involving the spleen and stomach, constrained liver qi, and stagnant lung qi. )".

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