Chuan Wu

Chuan Wu in TCM:

English Name: aconite wutou, Sichuan aconite, mother root of common monks hood
Pharmacuetical Name: radix aconti preparate
Properties: extremely toxic, acrid, bitter, hot
Explore the properties of Chuan Wu according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: hot
Channels: SP, HT, LV
Flavors: toxic, bitter, pungent
Regulates: disperses cold, clears damp, disperses wind, reduces swelling, alleviates bi syndrome

    Alternate Forms:
  • fu zi - is the accessory root of the main root, used to warm the interior. Chuan Wu is the main root itself. Chuan Wu is generally vetter to dispel cold and relieve pain than fu zi, but more toxic and less tonifying.
  • cao wu (Radix Aconiti Kusnezoffii) - a wild form, very toxic
  • wu tou - this term refers to either chuan wu or cao wu

Actions / Indications:
  • Expels wind-damp-cold; relieves pain (cold in chest or abdomen - wind cold damp bi; intense headache; pain from trauma. Can be used internally or applied externally)
  • Reduces swelling; breaks up hardness (use externally for hard swellings, yin boils and carbuncles)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (antagonist w/ xi jiao)

    Special Notes:
  • Extremely toxic, mild cases of overdose can be relieved by consuming 120g of honey dissolved in water.