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Xu Duan

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Name: Teasel Root (續斷)

Pinyin: Xu Duan

Pharm. Name: Radix Dipsaci

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Bitter, Sweet Acrid

Tonify liver and kidney, strengthen tendons and bones, promote blood circulation, continue the physique, and prevent abortion

Kidney, Liver

6-21g

 

Description:

It is a common herb for soreness and pain in lumbar and knees, atrophy-flaccidity, and limpness of lower limes caused by a deficiency of liver and kidney because it can tonify liver and kidney, strengthen tendons and bones, furthermore, it is tonifying but not greasy. For soreness and pain in lumbar and knees, atrophy-flaccidity and limpness of lower limbs, it can be used with other herbs to tonify liver and kidney, strengthen tendons and bones, for instance, it is used with Du Zhong, Niu Xi, and Bu Gu Zhi in the formula Xu Duan Wan from Fu Shou Jing Fang (Essential Prescriptions of Longevitive Life Preservation). It is a common herb used for threatened abortion, vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, habitual abortion due to liver and kidney deficiency, insecurity of thoroughfare and conception vessels because it can tonify liver and kidney, regulate and strengthen thoroughfare and conception vessels to prevent abortion.

 

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