Notopterygium Root

Latin name: Rhizome et radix notopterygii, Notopterygium incisum
Chinese name: qiang huo

What is Notopterygium Root?
Notopterygium comes from a perennial plant native to East Asia. It is the roots of notopterygium that are used in herbal preparations. The roots are dug up in the spring or the winter. It is thought that the spring-dug roots are of better quality than those harvested in winter. The roots are cleaned, dried in the sun, and then sliced.

What are the health benefits of Notopterygium Root?

Notopterygium is used to treat the flu and its accompanying body aches, fever and headaches. It is often taken in the initial stages of experiencing flu symptoms. In traditional Chinese medicine it is very commonly used to treat joint pain, especially pain in the upper limbs and back, and headache pain in the back of the head.

Are there any precautions for taking Notopterygium Root?
Taking too much notopterygium root may cause nausea and vomiting. Also, notopterygium root should not be used during pregnancy.

Where can I find Notopterygium Root?

Notopterygium root can be found in some Asian markets, online, and at the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.

You can find this herb combined with other herbs in the Traditions of Tao formula:
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