English Name: aristolochia
Literal Translation: “wind the searches the bone”
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Aristolochuae Mollissimae
Medica Category: Wind Damp Dispelling Herbs – Channel and Collateral Opening Herbs
Properties: Xun Gu Feng enters the Liver channel; it is acrid and bitter in nature and neutral in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Xun Gu Feng comes from the plant Arisolochia mollisima—it is a creeping, spreading shrub that grows in temperate lowland regions throughout Southern and Eastern China.
Xun Gu Feng dispels wind-dampness, opens the channels and collaterals, and relieves pain to treat bi zheng (painful obstruction syndrome) in cases of traumatic injuries with such symptoms as pain/numbness in the limbs, spasms and cramps.
**safety note—This plant contains trace amounts of aristolochic acid and it is recommended that this herb only be used under the supervision of a trained TCM healthcare professional. In any event, it should be used carefully with people who have pre-existing Liver and Kidney conditions.