Gu Sui Bu

Gu Sui Bu in TCM:

English Name: drynaria
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Drynariae
Properties: bitter, warm
Explore the properties of Gu Sui Bu according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: warm
Channels: KD, LV
Flavors: bitter
Tonifies: yang
Regulates: circulates blood

Actions / Indications:
  • Invigorates Blood; promotes mending of bones and sinews (fractures, contusions, sprains; internal or external use)
  • Tonifies KD Yang (KI deficiency: weak low back, knees, daybreak diarrhea, tinnitus, deafness, toothache, bleeding gums; modern use for osteoporosis)
  • Stimulates growth of hair (hair loss; vitiligo; use as tincture for topical application)
  • (cc: pregnancy contraindicated)
  • (cc: yin deficiency)

    Special Notes:
  • Pharmacologically Gu Sui Bu increases bone absorption of calcium and can benefit osteoarthritis.
  • A topical application of 9g Gu Sui Bu with 95% alcohol was effective in treating warts.
  • Gu Sui Bu and Xu Duan both tonify the LV and KD to strengthen bones and tendons, and invigorate blood to treat trauma. Gu Sui Bu more strongly tonifies the KD while Xu Duan also treats restless fetus and stops bleeding.