English Name: acanthopanax root bark, eleutherococcus
Pharmaceutical Name: Cortex Acanthopanacis
Medica Category: Wind Damp Dispelling Herbs – Tendon and Bone Strengthening Herbs
Properties: Wu Jia Pi enters the Liver and Kidney channels; it is acrid and bitter in nature and warm in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Wu Jia Pi is the dried root bark of Acanthopanax Gracilstylus, a species of eleutherococcus that grows widely across Southern China. The roots are harvested in the summer and autumn, sun-dried and then cut into thick pieces for use as medicine.
Wu Jia Pi dispels wind and dampness; it also tonifies the Kidney and Liver to strengthen bones and tendons. Clinically, it is used to treat weakness of the lower back and knees due to deficiency, muscular atrophy in elderly patients, and for developmental delay of motor functions in children.
Wu Jia Pi regulates water circulation to address edema and dysuria.