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 sinews
coffee 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)
    Alternate Forms:
  • 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.
    Special Notes:
  • 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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