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Radix Stephaniae tetrandrae
1. Stephania tetrandra S. Moore; 2. Cocculus trilobus (Thunb.) DC.; 3. Aristolochia fangchi Wu et L. D. Chou et S. M. Hwang
Stephania root, Tetrandra root
Source of Earliest Record
Shennong Bencao Jing
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations
The roots are dug in autumn. After the root bark has been removed, the roots are cleaned, dried in the sun and cut into pieces or slices.
Properties & Taste
Bitter, pungent and cold
Urinary bladder, kidney and spleen
1. To dispel wind and dampness; 2. To stop pain; 3. To relieve edema
Indications & Combinations
1. Wind-damp obstruction syndrome or damp-heat obstruction syndrome. Tetrandra root (Fangji) is used with Coix seed (Yiyiren), Talc (Huashi), Silkworm excrement (Cansha) and Chaenomeles fruit (Mugua).
2. Cold-damp obstruction syndrome. Tetrandra root (Fangji) is used with Cinnamon twigs (Guizhi) and Prepared aconite root (Fuzi).
3. Edema (a) edema with heat signs. Tetrandra root (Fangji) is used with Lepidium
seed (Tinglizi) and Zanthoxylum (Jiaomu) in the formula Ji Jiao Li Huang Wan;
(b) edema with signs of weakness of the spleen. Tetrandra root (Fangji) is used
with Astragalus root (Huangqi) and White atractylodes (Baizhu) in the formula
Fangji Huangqi Tang.
Cautions & Contraindications
This herb is contraindicated in cases with deficient yin.
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