Fu Ping (Duckweed or Spirodela)

Fu Ping (Duckweed or Spirodela)

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
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • 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.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

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

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Dosage

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

Chinese Herb Notes

  • May be used topically as a wash for rashes.

References Used

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