English Name: vanieria, thorny cockspur
Pharmaceutical Name: Caulis Vaneriae
Medica Category: Wind Damp Dispelling Herbs – Channel and Collateral Opening Herbs
Properties: Huang Jin Gui enters the Liver and Kidney channels; it is bland in nature and cool in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Huang Jin Gui is the dried caulis of vanieria shrub (Vanieria gerontogea Sieb et Zucc.), a thorny shrub that scrambles across the ground. Its large, bulbous-looking fruits are traditionally used in Indonesia as a dye for batik. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is the dried caulis (branches and twigs) that are decocoted and used as medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Huang Jin Gui:
Huang Jin Gui dispels wind, opens the channels and collaterals, clears heat, and eliminates toxins to treat bi zheng (painful obstruction syndrome), rheumatoid arthritis, neuralgia, and trauma related pain and swelling.