Pinyin Name: Du Huo
English Name: Radix Angelicae Pubescentis
Other Names: Angelica Root, Xiang Du Huo
Tastes: Slightly Warm, Acrid, Bitter
Origin: Sichuan, Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hubei and Guangxi provinces in China
Benefits of Du Huo:
Du Huo is the dried root of Angelica. Its harvest time is in early spring when seedlings are just sprouting or in late fall after stems and leaves withered. Next, it needs to remove the fibrous roots and dirt before half drying them. And then stack them for 2 to 3 days till they become soft. Finally dry them completely by the fire. Du Huo covers meridians of kidney and bladder. Main functions are dispelling wind and eliminating dampness and eliminating cold to stop pain. Common uses and indications include wind-cold-wetness type of arthralgia, waist and knee pain, headache, toothache, and more. Recommended dosage is from 3 to 10 grams.
Du Huo is widely used in Chinese herbal formulas. 1) Du Huo Cang Zhu Tang is used for cold-damp low back pain in shao yin disease. Its ingredient herbs include Du Huo, Cang Zhu, Fang Feng, Xi Xin, Chuan Xiong and Gan Cao. 2) Du Huo Tang is used for infantile paralysis, arthroncus of knee, limbs, waist and back pain due to chronic rheumatism. Its ingredient herbs include Du Huo, Dang Gui, Bai Zhu, Huang Qi, Chuan Niu Xi and more.