Notopterygium Root for Infectious Diseases and Joint Pain

[Name]
Notopterygium Root, Rhizoma seu Radix Notopterygii, Rhizoma et Radix Notopterygii, Notopterygium incisum

[Chinese Name]
Qiang Huo

[Parts Used and Preparation]
Roots and rhizomes

[Flavors in Chinese Medicine]
Pungent, bitter; warm

[Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels]
Urinary Bladder and Kidney

[Actions in Chinese Medicine]
The herb may relieve exterior symptoms, disperse pathogenic cold factors, and expel pathogenic wind and dampness.

[Uses in Chinese Medicine]
• Infectious diseases caused by exogenous pathogenic cold-wind factors, symptoms shown as chills, fever, headaches, and body aches.
• Rheumatism of the wind-cold-dampness type, shown as pain in the limbs, joints, shoulder, and back.

[Recommended Dosages]
3–10 gram. Add water to make decoctions.

[Warnings, Interactions, Side Effects]
The herb cannot be used by those with Qi/blood-deficiency, or those with dry throat.

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