|Wu Jia Pi - Dispel Wind Damp and Strengthen
Bones & Tendons
LV, KD (4.5-15g)
Would ya pee?
Would ya pee if you were standing outside of the elemental
temple-fortress of wind and water, and you drank a ton of coffee?
Or would you hold it in and cause sleepless nights (cc:
heat and yin deficiency)?
English Name: acanthopanax, acanthopanax root bark
Pharmacuetical Name: Cortex Acanthopanacis
Properties: acrid, bitter, warm
Explanation of Key Words in this story...
|elemental temple-fortress of wind and water
| dispels wind-damp; strengthens bones and
|promotes urination; relieves edema
Wu Jia Pi Actions and Indications
- Dispel Wind-Damp; strengthens bones and sinews (chronic
painful bi: wind-damp cold with chronic LV and KD deficiency; muscle
aches and pains, spasma and cramps due to LV / KD deficiency, muscle
atrophy, weak or soft sinews or bones in elderly; motor delays in children)
- Promotes urination; relieves edema (dysuria, urinary
difficulty, edema, damp-cold leg qi)
- Bei Wu jia Pu (aka Xiang Jia Pi) is sometimes used
as a substitute for Wu Jia Pi, and both have a similar appearance and
smell. However these two herbs have different functions and should not
be used interchangeably. Bei Wu jia Pi has cardiotonic and diuretic
functions, is toxic, and should be prescribed in small dosages.
- Wu Jia Pi and Sang Ji Sheng both tonify
LV and KD, but Sang Ji Sheng calms the restless fetus while Wu Jia Pi
reduces edema through urination.
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