Tetrandra Root (Fangji)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Radix Stephaniae Ttetrandrae|
|Botanical Name:||Stephania tetrandra S. Moore
Cocculus trilobus (Thunb.) DC.
Aristolochia fangchi Wu et L. D. Chou et S. M. Hwang
|Common Name:||Stephania 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 and Taste:||Bitter, pungent and cold|
|Meridian:||Urinary bladder, kidney and spleen|
|Functions:||To dispel wind and dampness
To stop pain
To relieve edema
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Wind-damp obstruction syndrome or damp-heat obstruction syndrome.
*Use with Coix seed (Yiyiren), Talc (Huashi), Silkworm excrement (Cansha) and Chaenomeles fruit (Mugua) .
2. Cold-damp obstruction syndrome.
*Use with Cinnamon twigs (Guizhi) and Prepared aconite root (Fuzi).
a) Edema with heat signs.
*Use with Lepidium seed (Tinglizi) and Zanthoxylum (Jiaomu) in the formula Ji Jiao Li Huang Wan .
b) Edema with signs of weakness of the spleen .
*Use with Astragulus root (Huangqi) and White Atractylodes (Baizhu) in the formula Fangji Huangqi Tang.
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated in cases with deficient yin.|