Xu Duan


Xu Duan in TCM:

Explore the properties of Xu Duan according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: dipsacus, Himalayan teasel root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Dipsaci
Properties: bitter, sweet, acrid, slightly warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: Not available

Flavors: sweet, bitter, pungent
Tonifies: yang

Special Properties:
circulates blood, stops bleeding, alleviates bi syndrome

    Alternate Forms:
  • Chao or Chao Tan - for excessive uterine bleeding

Actions / Indications:
  • Tonifies the LV and KD; strengthens bones and sinews (aches and pains in lower extremities due to inability to nourish mucles, sore and painful lower back, knees, stiffness in joints, weakness in legs from KDI and LV deficiency; tonifies without causing stagnation, polyuria, spermatorrhea)
  • Stops uterine bleeding; calms fetus (uterine bleeding due to deficiency; restless fetus, habitual miscarriage in first trimester, bleeding during pregnancy, threatened miscarriage)
  • Invigorates blood; promotes mending sinews and bones (topical or internal use for trauma and fractures, sprains, strains, pain and swelling in lower back and limbs due to trauma, painful bi; also in combination for boils and sores)

    Special Notes:
  • Both Xu Duan and Du Zhong tonify the LV and KD and strengthen sinews and bones, calms restless fetus, stop uterine bleeding, and help soreness and pain in the low back and knees.
  • For traumatic injuries with severe pain, swelling, or broken bones: Mix Xu Duan, Gu Sui Bu, Dang Gui, and Da Huang powder with grain based liquor and apply to the injury topically.


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