Qian Jin Ba - Flemingia Philippinensis Root

TCM Materia Medica

Qian Jin Ba TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "qian jin ba" which in english is "flemingia philippinensis root", is categorized within the "herbs that dispel wind dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and liver channels and exhibits acrid 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: 3-12g

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

  • Bi Zheng (painful obstruction syndrome) - for arthritic conditions by expelling wind-damp and opening the channels.
  • Arthritis, bone pain, fractures, sciatica.
  • Also known as yi tiao gen (moghania).

Qian Jin Ba has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid in patients with weak digestion / spleen qi deficiency.

A single herb is not often thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. Qian Jin Ba, however, is a strong candidate to be considered when needing to influence liver wind.

Qian Jin Ba may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: arthritis (bi syndromes) and/or rheumatoid arthritis (ra)

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, qian jin ba is generally included in the following 2 formulas:

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.

ViewZuo Gu Shen Jing Tong Wan (Sciatica Pills)

Wind-cold-damp bi syndromes with particular issues in the lower back and legs - sciatic pain, heaviness in the lower body, hip and knee pain, arthritis in those areas (osteo or rheumatoid).

As noted above, qian jin ba is within the herbs that dispel wind dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... for wind-dampness from the muscle, sinews, joints, and bones; bi-syndromes. wind-predominant bi (xing bi) - pain moves from joint to joint. cold-predominant bi (tong bi) - severe, fixed pain that is made worse by cold. damp-predominant b…)".

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