Wu Yao


Wu Yao in TCM:

Explore the properties of Wu Yao according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: lindera root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Linderae
Properties: acrid, warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: LU, SP, UB, KD

Flavors: pungent

Special Properties:
circulates qi, disperses cold, disperses wind

Actions / Indications:
  • Promotes movement of qi; alleviates pain (hypochondriac pain, epigastric and abdominal pain and distension due to cold with qi stagnation; stifling sensation of chest, stops pain in many areas, for cold and qi stagnation of lower abdomen, stroke caused by wind-cold attacking channels, hernia disorder, menstrual pain)
  • Warms the Kidney, Disperses Cold (failure to retain urine with soreness or coldness of the low back and knees, frequent urination, enuresis, fatigure, spermatorrhea)
  • (cc: qi deficiency or interior heat)

    Special Notes:
  • Wu Yao, Mu Xiang, and Xiang Fu all regulate qi and relieve pain. Wu Yao is for hernial pain and enters the KD. Mu Xiang is for Middle Jiao qi stagnation and lower abdominal pain, while Xiang Fu is neutral and is one of the best herbs to treat hypochondriac pain.