Hu Zhang


Hu Zhang in TCM:

Explore the properties of Hu Zhang according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: polygonum cuspidatum
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Polygoni Cuspidati
Properties: bitter, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: LU, LV, GB

Flavors: bitter

Special Properties:
circulates blood, clears heat, eliminates toxins

Actions / Indications:
  • Clears damp-heat; relieves jaundice (gallstones, damp-heat jaundice; turbid vaginal discharge, damp-heat lin, modern use for hepatitis)
  • Invigorates blood; dispels stasis (abdominal pain, amenorrhea; wind-damp bi, swollen joints, traumatic injury)
  • Clears heat; relieves toxicity (abcesses, burns, carbuncles, snake bites: topical or internal use)
  • Transforms phlegm-heat, stops cough (cough w/ yellow phlegm)

    Special Notes:
  • Hu Zhang may have a synergistic effect with insulin, sulfonylureas, and other antidiabetic medication - use with caution.
  • Very effective f or prostatitis at dosage 30g of Hu Zhang (W. Morris)

  • (cc: pregnancy)