$6.95 USA Shipping • 90-Day Hassle-Free Returns

Home » Lei Gong Teng – Broad Lily Root – Radix Tripterygii

Lei Gong Teng – Broad Lily Root – Radix Tripterygii

No matching products found.

Lei Gong Teng

English Name: tripterygium, common broad lily root

Literal Translation: “thunder god vine”

Pharmaceutical Name: Radix Tripterygii Wilfordii

Medica Category: Wind Damp Dispelling Herbs – Pain Relieving Herbs

Properties: Lei Gong Teng enters the Liver channel; it is bitter and acrid in nature and cool in temperature.

What is Lei Gong Teng?:

The Chinese Herb Lei Gong Teng is the inner, dried root of the thunder god vine (Tripterygii Wilfordii Hook. F.), a perennial grown in China and Taiwan. It has been used for hundreds of years in traditional Chinese medicine to treat swelling caused by inflammation. But it does have significant toxicity and must be used carefully and in consult with a trained health care practitioner (see **safety note).

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Lei Gong Teng:

Lei Gong Teng dispels wind and dampness and is useful in addressing pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis, various manifestations of bi zheng (painful obstruction syndrome), and bone spurs.

Lei Gong Teng kills parasites and eliminates toxins and is used topically to treat maggot-infested wounds as well as rat and snake bites that present toxicity signs.

**safety note: Lei Gong Teng is toxic (Dr. Joel Penner of American Dragon considered the herb “obsolete”) and should be used with thought and care, ideally prescribed by someone experienced in TCM. It is contraindicated in pregnancy, and for patients with pre-existing and/or compromised hepatic and/or cardio-vascular functioning. It should also be used with care in geriatric and pediatric applications.

Proper dosing is also key—5 to 12 grams is the dosage range recommended in Chen and Chen (not to exceed 15 g.).

Sourcing of this herb and its extracts is also to be done with care. Properly prepared its toxicity can be reduced: the root bark should first be peeled and discarded before drying and slicing. When decocting, the (peeled) root should be boiled by itself for at least one hour before other herbs are added and then decocted another 15 minutes to further reduce toxicity. Therefore, it important to know your suppliers/work in consult with someone who does if you are a non-professional/consumer thinking of purchasing and using this herb.

In cases of overdose, adverse reactions generally occur within 2-3 hours and present with a panoply of symptoms such as abdominal pain and diarrhea to headaches, fever, and vomiting (not an exhaustive list). Early overdose is treated with emetic methods or gastric lavage (to eliminate the toxins from the body) while systemic overdose is generally treated with Feng Wei Cao or San Qi.

Articles Related To Tag: Lei Gong Teng – Broad Lily Root – Radix Tripterygii

  • Best Chinese Herbs for Juvenile Arthritis
    Best Chinese Herbs for Juvenile Arthritis

    No parent wants to see their child in pain. But what can you do when your child develops a chronic pain condition and other treatments just don’t work? If you haven’t considered using Chinese herbs for juvenile arthritis, you may have found your new solution. Childhood pain conditions have been treated successfully with Traditional Chinese…

  • The Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms
    The Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms

    Medicinal mushrooms support health, vitality, and longevity Medicinal mushrooms have been supporting health, vitality, and longevity for thousands of years in China and Japan, but the trend is just heating up here in West. With new scientific research surfacing on the amazing benefits of mushrooms, many people are rushing to get their fungus fix –…

  • Best Chinese Weight Loss Tea
    Best Chinese Weight Loss Tea

    Whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds or you’re ready for a major transformation, Chinese weight loss tea can help you drop the weight and keep it off. Asian weight loss teas, and teas inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine, can help you manage cravings, boost your metabolism, and burn more fat. In this post,…

  • Best Adaptogens for Weight Loss & Improved Health
    Best Adaptogens for Weight Loss & Improved Health

    Let’s face it – there’s no magic pill when it comes to weight loss. Getting in shape takes an individual approach that’s designed for your body’s weight loss challenges and advantages. That’s why adaptogens for weight loss can help! Unlike weight loss pills or special diets, adaptogens work with your body’s unique needs. With regular…

  • Chinese Herbal Medicine for Menopause
    Chinese Herbal Medicine for Menopause

    Traditional Chinese Medicine Relieves Symptoms of Perimenopause Hot and bothered by unpleasant night sweats, hot flashes, irritability… Sounds annoyingly familiar? If you are one of the nearly 31 million women in US alone who experience overwhelming symptoms of perimenopause, this might be a typical day-in-the-life. Many women notice remarkable changes for months or years before they reach…