Qiang Huo - Notopterygium Root

TCM Materia Medica

Qiang Huo TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "qiang huo" which in english is Qiang Huo herb"notopterygium root", is categorized within the "herbs that release the exterior wind cold" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and urinary bladder channels and exhibits acrid, aromatic, 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: 6-15g

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

  • Release exterior, disperse cold - useful with wind-cold and damp associated body/joint pain
  • Guiding herb for the GV and Tai Yang Channels

Qiang Huo has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid in Blood and/or Yin Deficiency
  • Avoid with Exterior Deficiency

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, qiang huo is generally included in the following 10 formulas:

  • Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan (Ligusticum Tea Pills) - Headaches, primarily from wind-cold (but used with wind-hea…
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  • Jing Fang Bai Du Wan (Schizonepeta and Siler Powder to Overcome Pathogenic Influences) - Early stages of disease arising from wind cold damp - commo…
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  • Juan Bi Wan (Remove Painful Obstruction Decoction) - Wind-cold-damp bi syndromes in qi deficient patients - join…
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  • Pian Tou Tong Wan (Migraine Pills) - Headaches and/or migraines caused by liver yang or liver fi…
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  • Ren Shen Bai Du Wan (Ginseng Detoxification Pills) - Coming Soon...
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  • Shen Tong Zhu Yu Wan (Remove Stagnant Blood from a Painful Body Pills) - Qi and Blood stagnation blocking the channels and collatera…
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  • Shu Jing Huo Xue Wan (Relax The Channels and Invigorate The Blood Decoction) - Primarily used for blood stasis with wind-damp in the chann…
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  • Te Xiao Jing Zhui Tong Wan (Patent Neck Pain Relief Pills) - Stiffness, pain, and/or tightness of the neck.
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  • Tong Bian Wan (Constipation Pills) - Constipation from heat or fire that has damaged the yin flu…
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  • Xin Yi Wan (Magnolia Flower Powder) - Colds and/or allergies with cold signs (white mucus and/or …
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    As noted above, qiang huo is within the herbs that release the exterior wind cold functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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