Wu Jia Pi (Acanthopanax Root Bark)

Wu Jia Pi (Acanthopanax Root Bark)

Herb 19 of 21 in Herbs that Dispel Wind-Dampness

Warm Wu Jia Pi (Cortex Radicis Acanthopanacis Gracistyli)
Channels:
KI, LIV
Properties:
Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Latin:
Cortex Radicis Acanthopanacis Gracistyli
Chinese:
五加皮
Tone Marks:
wŭ jiā pí
Translation:
Bark of Five Additions
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Dispels Wind and Damp, Strengthens Tendons and Bones
    For elderly or developmentally delayed children with weak or deficient bones and tendons. For muscle spasm, pain and cramps due to excess or deficient conditions. Also for weak and sore low back and knees.
  • Reduces Swelling, Transforms Damp
    For edema and dysuria along with Cold Damp Leg Qi.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Use caution when working with heavy machinery, this herb has a sedative effect.

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • One case of bilateral vision loss has been reported following an ingestion of 500 grams. Perhaps due to an adulterant
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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 5-10 grams in decoction (Chen)
  • 4.5-9 grams in decoction (Bensky)

Chinese Herb Notes

  • This herb is a well know adaptogen that has shown the ability to increase performance in mice

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.

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