Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness - Functional Grouping Relationships

Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness - General Concepts:

  • For wind-dampness from the muscle, sinews, joints, and bones; bi-syndromes.
    1. Wind-Predominant bi (xing bi) - pain moves from joint to joint.
    2. Cold-Predominant bi (tong bi) - severe, fixed pain that is made worse by cold.
    3. Damp-Predominant bi (zhuo bi) - fixed pain with swelling and numbness.
    4. Hot-Painful bi (re bi) - heat signs; acute, painful, swelling present.

Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness - Functional Grouping Relationships:

There are (15) herbs grouped as Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness:

TCM HerbClinical Functions
Ba Qia
    • Useful for arthritic conditions by expelling wind-damp and promoting urination.
    • Induces sweat and relieves the exterior - diarrhea, dysentery.
    • Can be used for hemorrhoids, skin infections, psoriasis, leukorrhea and STD's such as gonorrhea and syphilis via the function of eliminating toxic heat.
    • Used with diabetes via the kidney and liver systems.
    • Has anti-cancer properties - breast, stomach.
Bai Hua She
    • Powerfully unblocks the channels and dispels wind - chronic wind-damp with numbness and weakness of the limbs and cramping of the sinews, tinea, numbness of the skin, any type of rash, spasms, facial paralysis or hemiplegia due to wind-stroke.
Can Sha
    • Expels wind-damp - bi syndromes, itchy rashes due to wind-damp.
    • Harmonizes the stomach, transforms turbid dampness - vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, abdominal pain, borborygmus.
Cang Er Zi
    • Expels wind and damp - bi syndromes, skin disorders with itching.
    • Nasal passage obstruction - thick nasal discharge, sinus headache; often combined with Xin Yi Hua and Bai Zhi.
Du Huo
    • Dispels wind-cold-damp - bi syndromes, especially lower back and legs (acute/chronic).
    • Shao yin stage headache and toothache.
Hai Feng Teng
    • Dispels wind-cold-damp bi such as stiff joints, lower back pain, sore knees, cramping of muscles and sinews.
    • Disperses cold and alleviates pain - epigastric and abdominal pain and diarrhea due to cold in the spleen and stomach.
Hai Tong Pi
    • Dispels wind-damp (hot or cold), unblocks the channels - bi syndromes, especially in the lower back and/or knees or spasms of the extremities.
    • Promotes urination, reduces edema - superficial edema due to dampness.
    • Itchy skin - lesions, scabies.
Luo Shi Teng
    • Dispels wind-hot-damp bi and spasms of the sinews.
    • Cools the blood and reduces swellings - toxic sores, sore throat.
Mu Gua
    • Relaxes the sinews and muscles - bi syndromes in the lower back and/or lower extremities, calf cramps.
    • Harmonizes the stomach, transforms dampness, reduces food stagnation - abdominal pain and spasms.
Qin Jiao
    • Dispels wind-damp bi and cramping, especially in the extremities, for acute/chronic, cold/hot conditions.
    • Clears deficient heat - fever, steaming bone disorder.
    • Jaundice due to acute damp-heat.
    • Counteracts drying action of other herbs that dispel wind-damp - moistens intestines for dry constipation.
Sang Zhi
    • Wind-damp bi especially in the upper extremities.
    • Reduces edema.
Wei Ling Xian
    • Dispels wind-damp and unblocks the channels, relieves pain.
    • Fish bone lodged in the throat.
    • Focal distention and accumulation in the middle burner.
Wu Jia Pi
    • Dispels wind-cold-damp, strengthens the sinews and bones, chronic bi due to liver and kidney deficiency generating weak sinews (motor function development delays in children, elderly).
    • Transforms damp, reduces swelling - urinary difficulty, edema, damp-cold leg qi.
Wu Shao She
    • Same as Bai Hua but less powerful, not toxic.
Xi Xian Cao
    • Dispels wind-heat-damp bi - facial paralysis, hemiplegia.
    • Calms the spirit, pacifies the liver - irritability, insomnia, liver yang rising, headache, dizziness.