What Is Qiang Huo (Notopterygium Root)

Qiang Huo is also known Notopterygium Root, which is one of the earliest medicines discovered and applied in traditional Chinese herbal medicine. It has a medicinal history of more than 2,000 years.

The Qiang Huo mentioned in this article refers to the rhizome and root of Notopterygium incisum and Notopterygium forbesii Boiss.

This species is a perennial herb belonging to Umbelliferae. It often grows in forest margins and thickets at an altitude of 2000-4000 meters in Asia.

This plant needs to be cultivated for 3-4 years to exert its medicinal value. In the autumn and early spring of each year, people pick their roots and rhizome, dry them in the sun, cut them thick pieces, and make them into Chinese herbs.

According to <Shennong Ben Cao Jing>, the medicinal property of Qiang Huo is relatively warm, with a spicy and bitter taste. It has a certain therapeutic effect on the pathological changes of the bladder and kidney meridians.

In Chinese medicine, Qiang Huo is often used to treat aversion to cold and fever caused by wind-cold, rheumatoid arthritis, and relieve body pain.

There are about 200 kinds of traditional Chinese medicine formulas containing Qiang Huo, such as Jiang Huo Sheng Shi Tang, Jiu Wei Qiang Huo Tang, and Xin Yi San.

Health benefits of Qiang Huo

  • Anti-inflammation, anti-oxidation, and anti-allergen.
  • Reducing blood viscosity and preventing the formation of blood clots.
  • Relieving arrhythmia, increasing myocardial vegetative blood flow, and improving myocardial ischemia.
  • Treating vitiligo, alopecia areata, urticaria, and relieving skin itching.
  • Treating rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic arthritis, shoulder arthritis, and gout.
  • Treating aversion to cold, fever, headache, and body pain caused by wind-cold, and having a good analgesic effect.
  • Treating impotence, spermatorrhea, enuresis, frequent urination, knee cold and pain, asthma caused by kidney deficiency.
  • Inhibiting Shigella, Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Staphylococcus aureus.

Qiang Huo is used with other Chinese herbs

  • Qiang Huo with Jing Jie (Schizonepeta tenuifolia) and Fang Feng (Radix Saposhnikoviae) can treat cold, headache, body pain. This recipe has a good therapeutic effect on upper body pain and pain in the back of the head.
  • Qiang Huo with Ban Lan Gen (Radix Isatidis) and Pu Gong Ying (Dandelion) can treat cold, fever and tonsillitis.
  • Qiang Huo with Fang Feng (Radix Saposhnikoviae), Cang Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodes) and Gan Cao (Licorice Root) can treat seborrheic alopecia.
  • Qiang Huo with Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis), Chi Shao (Radix Paeoniae Rubra), Han Lian Cao (Eclipta) and Shu Di Huang (Processed Rehmannia Root) can treat vitiligo.
  • Qiang Huo with Wu Zhu Yu (Fructus Evodiae), Hua Jiao (Pericarpium Zanthoxyli), Bo He (Mentha), and Xian He Cao (Agrimonia pilosa) can treat anal itching. This recipe is for external use.

Side effects of Qiang Huo

Qiang Huo has a strong smell and a small number of people taking it may cause gastrointestinal reactions, such as vomiting.

Excessive use of it may cause abdominal pain and gastrointestinal cramps.

Precaution of Qiang Huo

  • The dosage of Qiang Huo should be controlled between 3-10 g.
  • It contains volatile oil, so it is not suitable for long-term decocting.
  • Its decoction can be taken orally or used externally.
  • People with weak spleen and stomach should not use it.
  • People with yin or blood deficiency should not use it.

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