Traditional Chinese Medicine - Sacred Lotus Arts Please Support
Chinese Medicine!
Chinese Herbs "The Heart rules the Blood"
Learn the Chinese Herbs!
TCM Herb Qualities
Tastes & Properties TCM Herb Explorer
General TCM Herbs
Drug Interactions Incompatible Herbs Toxic or Endangered Latin Name Notes

Fu Ping (Duckweed or Spirodela)

Previous Herb in CategoryNext Herb in Category Herb 5 of 12 in Cool, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior

Cold Fu Ping (Herba Lemnae Seu Spirodelae)
Spicy, Cold
Herba Lemnae Seu Spirodelae
Tone Marks:
fú píng


  • Releases the Exterior and Causes Sweating
    For wind heat invasion with body and headache. Sometimes prescribed alone, this herb is one of the few cool, spicy herbs that is a strong diaphoretic.
  • Vents Rashes
    Allows rashes to resolve more quickly. Used for measles and wind rash.
  • Promotes Urination, Removes Water, and reduces swelling
    For superficial edema, especially in the upper body accompanied by difficult urination.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Contraindicated in exterior deficiency and any type of profuse or spontaneous sweating.

Herb-Drug Interactions

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

Toxicity and Overdose

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


  • 3-6 grams, up to 9 grams in severe cases.


  • May be used topically as a wash for rashes.