Fang Feng (Radix Saposhnikoviae)  Fang Feng (Radix Saposhnikoviae)

Fang Feng

Fang Feng (Radix Saposhnikoviae) is from the root of Saposhnikoviae divaricata (Turcz.) Schischk, family Umbelliferae. The medicinal material is collected in spring or autumn. It is sun-dried and then cut into pieces. It is most commonly used in its raw form, or sometimes in its carbonised form.

Category: Exterior Releasing.

Common Name: Saposnikovia Root; Ledebouriella Root; Siler.

Channels Entered: Bladder, Liver and Spleen.

Properties and Functions: Fang Feng is pungent and sweet in flavour, and slightly warm in nature. Its functions are:

  • Release the exterior and dispel Wind.
  • Expel Wind, Cold and Damp to relieve pain.
  • Dispel internal Liver-Wind and relieve muscle spasms.

Indications: Clinical indications for Fang Feng include:

  • Exterior syndrome due to Wind-Cold manifesting as severe headache and general pain.
  • Disease caused by exogenous Wind, Cold and Dampness manifesting as severe headache, painful limbs and general heaviness of the body.
  • Arthralgia due to Wind-Cold-Dampness accompanied by joint pain in the extremities, with stiffness of the tendons.
  • Convulsions and tremors of the hands and feet.
  • Disharmony of the Spleen due to Liver disorder marked by intestinal wind, abdominal pain and recurrent, painful diarrhoea, sometimes accompanied by bright blood in the stool.

Dosage: 3 – 9g

Cautions and Contra-Indications: Contra-indicated in cases of spasms/convulsions due to Blood-deficiency; deficient Yin with Heat; absence of pathogenic Wind, Dampness or Cold.