Wu Jia Pi

WU JIA PI – CORTEX ACANTHOPANAX GRACILISTYLUS
ACANTHOPANAX ROOT BARK
ARALIACEAE
ACRID, BITTER, WARM
LIVER, KIDNEY
  • DISPELS WIND-DAMP; STRENGTHENS SINEWS AND BONES
    • chronic, painful bi; wind damp-cold with chronic liver & kidney deficiency with weak or soft sinews or bones often in edlerly or in motor developmental delay in children
    • Wu Jia Pi San
    • Wu Jia Pi Jiu (wine)
  • PROMOUTES URINATION; REDUCES EDEMA
    • urinary difficulty, edema, damp-cold leg qi
    • Wu Pi Yin
D: 4.5 – 15 gm
note: bei wu jia pi (cortex periploca sepium), also called xiang jia pi, is more for promoting urination and is toxic
CC: yin deficient with heat signs
BIOCHEMISTRY
  • 0.12 alkaloids, 3.78 saponins, 4% glycosides, 0.13% vitamin A, and 3 to 5% volatile oil
  • its principle is coumarin, C6H6O2, arachidic acid and linoic acid
  • Aroma is credited due to 4-methoxysalirylaldehyde

 

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