English Name: kadsura pepper vine stem,
Literal Translation: “sea wind vine”
Pharmaceutical Name: Caulis Piperis Kadsurae
Medica Category: Wind Damp Dispelling Herbs – Channel and Collateral Opening Herbs
Properties: Hai Feng Teng enters the Liver channel; it is acrid and bitter in nature and slightly warm in nature.
The Chinese Herb Hai Feng Teng is the dried caulis of the kadsura pepper vine (Japanese pepper vine– Piper futokadsura Sieb. Et Zucc.), an East Asian variety of pepper vine that wanders across the ground or climbs up the trunks of trees in tropical forest habitats throughout Southeast China and across Southeast Asia.
Hai Feng Teng dispels wind-cold and dampness and unblocks the channels and collaterals to treat bi zheng (painful obstruction syndrome) manifesting as stiff joints, lower back pain (with cold), and muscle aches and spasms.