Han Fang Ji


Han Fang Ji in TCM:

Explore the properties of Han Fang Ji according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: stephania, four-stamen stephania root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Stephanie Tetandrae
Properties: acrid, bitter, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: SP, UB, KD

Flavors: bitter, pungent

Special Properties:
clears heat, clears damp, resolves water accumulations, disperses wind

    Alternate Forms:
  • guang fang ji (aka mu fang ji) - toxic to LV and KD and adrenals due to presence of aristolochic acid, which is also present in qing mu xiang, guan mu tong, and ma dou ling - all four are banned in USA

Actions / Indications:
  • Expels wind-damp; alleviates pain (wind-damp-heat in channels; fever and red, swollen, painful joints)
  • Promotes urination; Relives edema (edema in lower body; damp heat in lower jiao; gurgling in intestines; ascites)

    Special Notes:
  • Fen Fang Ji and Guang Fang Ji have completely different toxiclogy and should NOT be used interchangeably!

  • (cc: yin deficiency)
  • (cc: Sp and ST deficiency)