Chuan Wu - Dispel Wind Damp (treat arthritis) and Relieve Cold
HT, LV, SP (1.5-9g)


Chuan Wu - Swan Wool is rare, since most Swans have feathers!
During a rainy cold wind storm swans with wool are better off than swans with feathers. But the pain of being different can cause eyes tired from crying if the "normal" swans fail to break up hardness by saying something nice to the wooly swans.

Pregnant swans (cc: pregnancy) always have wool.

English Name: aconite wutou, Sichuan aconite, mother root of common monks hood
Pharmacuetical Name: radix aconti preparate
Properties: extremely toxic, acrid, bitter, hot

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
rainy cold wind storm... pain Expels W/C/D; relieves pain
eyes tired from crying... break up hardness reduces swelling; breaks up hardness


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

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