Chinese Herb: Han Fang Ji (Stephania Root), Radix Stephaniae Tetrandrae
Herb 18 of 28 in Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
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.
- 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:
Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang (Stephania and Astragalus Decoction)
Formulas that Promote Urination and Leach out Dampness