Biological Name: Acanthopanacis gracilistyliradicis
Other Names: acanthopanax, wu jia pi
Parts Used: Root bark
Antirheumatic, diuretic, circulatory stimulant
This herb is closely related to Siberian ginseng and is believed to be very useful for the circulation of blood and qi. It also relieves fluid stagnation. Thus, it is useful for the elderly and for underdeveloped or slow-to-develop children. It is effective for chronic rheumatic and arthritic conditions caused by cold, wind, and dampness and for weakness of the bones and sinews.
Dosage: 3-12 grams
Preparation: Soak 30 grams of the herb in a 1/2 quart of strong spirits, such as vodka or gin. Take a teaspoon 3 times daily.
This herb should not be used when there is yin deficiency with heat signs.