Details of Angelica Pubescens and Sang-Ji-Sheng Decoction- Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang
Fang Feng translates to “guards against wind”. Wind is a big deal in Chinese medicine.

Alternative Names

  • Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang
  • Du Huo Tang
  • Pubescant Angelica Decoction
  • Tu Huo Chi Sheng Tang
  • To-huo and Loranthus Decoction
  • Pubescent Angelica and Loranthus Decoction
  • Tuhuo and Taxillus Combination

This is the go-to formula for aches and pains. Often times, but not always, these pains are aggravated by cold and/or damp weather. The theory is that cold or damp qi from the environment get into the acupuncture channels which then prevent the free flow of qi-energy and blood (which causes pain!)

This formula actually addresses both the “root” and the “branch” of aches that are aggravated by cold or damp weather. The branch is the symptoms of dampness in the channels that give rise to numbness, heaviness or tingling. Another branch is the symptoms of cold that enters the channels. These symptoms include stiffness and muscle spasms.

The “root” that this formula addresses is a weakness in the so-called “Liver and Kidney”. These words are capitalized because they are really quite different ideas than the biomedical definitions. These two organs support the health of bones (Kidney) and tendons (Liver). When these organs grow week as we age, the bones and tendons of the body can grow weak or degenerate leading to low back pain or knee weakness. This formula supports the Liver and Kidney which is great for individuals who are fatigued and have aches and pains aggravated by cold or damp weather (or helped by warm dry weather.)

Ingredients

Du Huo 獨活 pubescent angelica root, angelica root, tu-huo Radix Angelicae Pubiscentis
Qin Jiao 秦艽 large gentian root, gentiana macropylla root, chin-chiu Radix Gentianae Qinjiao
Fang Feng 防風 saposhnikovia root, ledebouriella root, siler Radix Ledebouriellae Divaricatae
Xi Xin 細辛 Chinese wild ginger, asarum Herba cum Radice Asari (not included in online version)

  • These four herbs all are warm, spicy and drying. They’re aromatic and help to dry any dampness that has gotten into the acupuncture channels. They’re also warm so they quickly address aches and pains that are aggravated by cold or damp weather.

Du Zhong 杜仲 Eucommiae Cortex eucommia bark [supports pregnancy]
Sang Ji Sheng 桑寄生 mulberry mistletoe stems; taxillus, mistletoe Ramulus Sangjisheng

  • These herbs “nourish kidney and liver” which is to say promote joint mobility and lubrication.

Shu Di Huang 熟地黄 cooked rehmannia root, prepared Chinese foxglove root Rehmanniae Radix preparata [supports pregnancy]
Dang Gui 當歸 tangkuei, Chinese angelica root Radix Angelicae Sinensis [supports pregnancy]
Bai Shao 白芍 white peony root, peony Paeoniae Radix alba [supports pregnancy]
Chuan Xiong 川芎 Sichuan lovage root, cnidium, chuanxiong root Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong

  • These herbs used together is the key formula for nourishing the blood in Chinese medicine. Blood nourishes and lubricates the joints, helping them move smoothly in a pain-free fashion.

Huai Niu Xi 懷牛膝 achyranthes root Archyanthis bidentatae Radix [don’t use if pregnant]
Rou Gui 肉桂 inner bark of Saigon cinnamon, cinnamon bark Cinnamomi Cortex [don’t use if pregnant]

  • “Niu Xi” translates to “ox knee”. Knees can hurt if they’re damp on the inside. The damp impedes the flow of blood. Stagnated blood hurts! Niu Xi supports blood circulation in the legs. Rou Gui is cinnamon bark, it’s warming in nature. Warm herbs are good for pains that are aggravated by cold weather.

Fu Ling 茯苓 sclerotium of tuckahoe, China root, hoelen, Indian bread Poria Cocos
Ren Shen 人蔘 ginseng root Radix Panax Ginseng made from real ginseng
Zhi Gan Cao 炙甘草 licorice root Radix Glycyrrhizae prep.

  • These are three of the four key herbs used for digestive health (or Spleen qi) in Chinese medicine. With better digestion, fluid metabolism in the digestive tract is regulated which means there is less dampness being produced from within the body. This helps prevent internal dampness from aggravating the external dampness coming in from outside the body (such as the weather).
Recommended for these body types:
Slightly Hearty
Slightly Hearty
Balanced
Balanced
Slightly Delicate
Slightly Delicate

Delicate
Delicate
Recommended for these thermal natures:
Neutral
Neutral
Cool
Cool

Cold
Cold
Adult Dosage

This formula can be used to support health with or without symptoms. If symptoms are present, take 1 level teaspoon of the powder (8 capsules) three times daily. When symptoms are not present, take 1/2 level teaspoon (4 capsules), two times daily. Empty stomach is best for efficient absorption, but not essential. [More…]

At this dosage, your order will last approximately this long (?):

  • 50 grams powder (capsules only): 4 to 14 days.
  • 100 grams powder (capsules or powder): 8 to 25 days
  • 200 grams powder (powder only): 19 to 56 days
Animals:

Du Huo Ji Sheng is used quite a lot for issues of the spine and bones in cats and dogs. For example when the dog starts dragging their hind legs.

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2 thoughts on “Angelica Pubescens and Sang-Ji-Sheng Decoction- Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang

  1. Unfortunately, I really don’t know. I’m a dog-lover, but not a vet. There is however another formula that some vets have been prescribing to their canine patients called Coix Combination. You might want to ask your vet about that or this formula.

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