Chinese Herb: Han Fang Ji (Stephania Root), Radix Stephaniae Tetrandrae

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Chinese Herb: Han Fang Ji (Stephania Root), Radix Stephaniae Tetrandrae

Herb 18 of 28 in Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness

Cold Han Fang Ji (Radix Stephaniae Tetrandrae)
Channels:
BL, SP, KI
Properties:
Bitter, Spicy, Cold
Latin:
Radix Stephaniae Tetrandrae
Chinese:
防己
Tone Marks:
hàn fáng jĭ
Alt Names:
Fang Ji

Chinese Herb Actions

  • Promotes Urination, Reduces Edema, Regulates the Water Passages
    For edema in the lower body, ascites, leg qi, gurgling intestines, abdominal distention and other disorders due to water and dampness in the lower jiao
  • Expels Wind-Damp and Relieves Pain
    For red, hot, swollen joints associated with damp-heat.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Use with caution in cases with Yin Deficiency.
  • Use with caution in cases with Spleen and Stomach Deficiency or Cold.

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • None noted, but use cautiously with diuretics including chlorothoiazide, hydrochlorothiazide, Lasix, Bumex, and Demadex.

Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • Overdose can lead to vomiting, tremor, ataxia, convulsions, quadriplegia, hypertonicity, and respiratory failure.
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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 4.5-9 grams in decoction 12
  • 4.5-9 grams in decoction 13

Chinese Herb Notes

  • Han Fan Ji (Fen Fang Ji) should not be confused with Guang Fan Ji which contains the nephrotoxin aristolochic acid.
  • See Eric Brand's blog post: Are You Using the Correct Fang Ji?

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

The TCM information presented here has been referenced from numerous sources; including teachers, practitioners, class notes from Five Branches University, the following books, as well as other sources. If you have benefited from this information, please consider supporting the authors and their works by purchasing the books below.