Du Huo - Dispel Wind Damp (treat arthritis) and Relieve Cold
KI, UB (6-12g)


Du Huo (Doubleteeth Pubescent Angelica Root)

(Pubescent = pubic area is in lower jiao and is warming.)
Old Mr. Doubleteeth was a ghost from the netherworld who would cause pain to the knees of passerby in an icy rain storms. He was powerful indeed, but he could only attack outside.

English Name: pubescent angelica root, double teeth pubescent angelica root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Angelicae Pubescetis
Properties: acrid, bitter, warm

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
pain... icy rain storms alleviate pain; disperse W/C/D
outside releases exterior


      Du Huo Actions and Indications
  • Dispels Wind Damp Cold and Alleviates Pain (especially in lower body pain, acute or chronic W-D-C; shaoyin headache and toothache)
  • Releases the exterior (exterior Wind Cold with dampness)
    Special Notes:
  • Guides to Shao Yin channels
  • Du Huo and Qiang Huo were once used interchangeably but today we recognize Qiang Huo for its ability to relieve pain in the upper body, whereas Du Huo works better on the lower body.

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