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Bistort Rhizome

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Quan Shen (Rhizoma Bistortae)

  1. Quan Shen
  2. 拳参
  3. Rhizoma Bistortae
  4. 拳參

The Effect of Bistort Rhizome


Bitter, astringent, slightly cold; lung, liver and large intestine meridians entered.


Clear heat and relieve convulsion, promote diuresis, resolve swelling and dissipate nodulation.


Scrofula, carbuncle and swelling, tetanus, dysentery with bloody stool, spasm due to calenture.

Dosage and Administrations

Decoct 3~12 g, or made into pill or powder. Proper dosage is for external application, pounded for applying, or decocted for mouthwash or fuming-washing.


It is contraindicated for external sores due to yin syndrome. It cann’t be used without excess fire and heat-toxin.