Tu Fu Ling - Glabrous Greenbrier Rhizome, Smilax

TCM Materia Medica

Tu Fu Ling TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "tu fu ling" which in english is Tu Fu Ling herb"glabrous greenbrier rhizome, smilax", is categorized within the "herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver and stomach channels and exhibits neutral (ping) and sweet (gan) 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: 15-60g

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

  • Relieves toxicity, eliminates dampness - joint pain, lin syndrome, jaundice.
  • Clears damp-heat from the skin - recurrent ulcers or hot skin lesions, syphilis.

Tu Fu Ling has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Do not drink black tea with this herb.

Tu Fu Ling may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: jaundice and/or urinary disorders (lin disease)

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, tu fu ling is generally included in the following 2 formulas:

ViewBa Wei Dai Xia Fang (Eight Herb Powder for Vaginal Discharge)

Clearing damp heat in the lower warmer, particularly with underlying blood deficiency - vaginal disharge, vaginal itching, vaginal inflammation along with constipation, possibly anemia, low back pain…

ViewFu Fang Qing Dai Wan (Indigo Combo Pills)

Itching, rashes, general skin irritation especially of the type that moves around or is intermittent. Insect bites, allergic contact dermatitis, poison ivy/oak/sumac, sun burn.

As noted above, tu fu ling is within the herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... toxins for the purpose of this categorization means fevers and other adverse effects of infectious diseases where patients are clinically sick. )".

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