English Name: siler root
Pharmaceutical name: Radix Saposhnikoviae
Literal Translation: “guard against wind”
Medica Category: Wind-Cold Releasing Herbs
Properties: Fang Feng enters the Urinary Bladder, Liver, and Spleen channels; it is acrid and sweet in nature and slightly warm in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Fang Feng is sliced, unprocessed siler root (also known as ledebouriella root). Siler is a cone-shaped, perennial herbaceous plant that grows 6-12 inches tall native to Northeast China and Inner Mongolia.
Fang Feng dispels wind without causing dryness and thus can be used in cases of wind-heat as well as wind-cold. It is indicated especially for cases of wind invasion that present with body aches and pain as the chief complaint.
Fang Feng is useful for treating dermatological conditions that present with itching.
Fang Feng is indicated for cases in which wind, cold, and/or damp causes pain and stiffness in the joints (Bi zheng syndrome).
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