Journal of Acuherb in Medicine


Fang Feng

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Fang Feng (Ledebouriella Root)

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Channels:BL, LIV, SP
Properties:Spicy, Sweet, Slightly Warm
Latin:Radix Ledebouriellae Divaricatae
Chinese:防风
Tone Marks:fáng fēng
Translation:Guard Against Wind

Actions

  • Releases the Exterior and Stops Wind
    For common cold with headache, body aches, and stiff neck.
  • Dispels Wind, Cold, and Damp Conditions
    For exterior Wind-Damp painful obstruction, cold and dampness.
  • Stops Spasms Associated with Wind
    Used with other herbs to stop trembling. Also used for wind due to Liver/Spleen disharmony resulting in recurrent, painful diarrhea with Blood in the stool.
  • Use for migraine headaches.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Caution in patients with Yin and blood Deficiency causing spasms or heat. Traditionally not used with Rhizoma Zingiberis Officinalis (gan jiang), Rhizoma et Radix Veratri (li lu), and Rhizoma Dioscoreae Hypoglaucae (bei xie).

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.

Dosage

  • 3-9 grams.
  • Part used: root.

Notes

  • Use with caution in patient’s with internal wind, such as Parkinson’s disease.

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