Tu Fu Ling


Tu Fu Ling in TCM:

Explore the properties of Tu Fu Ling according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: smilax, glabrous greenbrier rhizome
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Smilacis Glabrae
Properties: sweet, bland, neutral

Temperature: neutral

Channels: ST, LV

Flavors: toxic

Special Properties:
clears damp

Actions / Indications:
  • Relieves toxicity; leeches out damp (damp-heat skin lesions, psoriasis, joint pain, turbid painful urination; jaundice, damp-heat vaginal discharge, topically or internally administered)
  • Treats syphillis; mercury toxicity (directly treats syphillis and secondary problems of syphilis, counters mercury toxicity such as cramped limbs; modern use for mercury toxicity of amalgam dental fillings and leptospirosis)

    Special Notes:
  • It has been reported that drinking tea often while consuming tu fu ling may result in hair loss (type of tea not specified).