Pharmaceutical Latin: Radix Angelicae Pubescentis
Common English: Pubescent Angelica Root
Hairy Angelica Root
Double Teeth Angelica Root
Herbs that Dispel Wind-Dampness
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
(Slightly Warm)
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Dispels Wind-Dampness and alleviates pain

Wind-Cold-Damp painful obstruction (Bi), especially in the low back and legs (It can be used for both acute and chronic conditions)

Disperses Wind-Cold-Dampness and releases the Exterior

Exterior Wind-Cold with Dampness

Treats Shao Yin Level headache and toothache

Shao Yin Level headache and toothache

  • Use caution for those with Yin or Blood Deficiency with Heat signs. It is drying and easily injures Yin.
  • Do not use for those with Internal Wind.
  • Use caution during pregnancy.
  • This herb is sometimes associated with photosensitivity.
  • Use with caution for patients taking anticoagulants such as heparin, warfarin (Coumadin) and enoxaparin (Lovenox) or antiplatelet drugs such as aspirin, dipyridamole (Persantine) and clopidogrel (Plavix) as concurrent use may have an additive or synergistic effect.

Hb. Asari
Xi Xin
Rx. Gentianae Macrophyllae
Qin Jiao

Hb. Taxilli
Sang Ji Sheng
Cx. Eucommiae
Du Zhong
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng

Wind-Damp Bi causing numbness, pain and soreness in the neck, back and lower extremities.

Wind-Dampness in a patient with underlying Kidney Deficiency, with low back and knee pain and stiffness.

Numbness in the legs.

Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Rx. Angelicae Dahuricae
Bai Zhi

Rz. Seu Rx. Notopterygii
Qiang Huo
Rz. Ligustici
Gao Ben
Fr. Viticis
Man Jing Zi


Rz. Seu Rx. Notopterygii
Qiang Huo
Rz. Ligustici
Gao Ben
Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng

Rz. Seu Rx. Notopterygii
Qiang Huo

Wind-Cold toothache.

Wind-Cold-Dampness with headache, chills and fever and muscle and joint pain.

Joint pain and numbness.

Hb. Ephedrae
Ma Huang

Hb. Asari
Xi Xin
Rz. Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong

Gypsum Fibrosum
Shi Gao
Rz. Cimicifugae
Sheng Ma

(Rx. Rehmanniae)
(Sheng Di Huang)

Wind-Cold with anhidrosis and body aches and pains.

Shao Yin toothaches and headaches.

Ascending Wind and Fire or Stomach Fire causing toothache and swollen gums.

Hb. Asari
Xi Xin

Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Fr. Kochiae
Di Fu Zi


Shao Yin headache, with splitting pain that involves the teeth and cheeks due to External Wind-Cold.

Joint pain due to Wind-Cold-Dampness.

Rash and itching.


  1. This herb is usually used with Rz. seu Rx. Notopterygii Qiang Huo to treat Wind-Damp Bi. This herb is better for the lower back and legs while Qiang Huo is better for the upper back and shoulders.
  2. It is considered to be the most important herb for Wind-Dampness invasion.
  3. It is important for headaches, especially when they are Wind induced.
  4. It assists in treating Blood Stasis.
  5. Du Huo can be used alone as a mouthwash for toothache.
  6. It opens the channels and vitalizes the vessels.
  7. Both Du Huo and Rz. seu Rx. Notopterygii Qiang Huo dispel Wind, eliminate Dampness, disperse Cold and relieve Bi pain and are often used together to treat Wind-Cold-Damp Bi. Du Huo tends to have a stronger action on the foot Shao Yin channel and is better suited for Wind-Damp in the lower body with pain in the lumbar region, legs, calves and feet. It also treats Shao Yin headache involving the teeth and cheeks. Its actions are deeper, focusing on chronic lurking Wind in the interior, lower body and Shao Yin. Qiang Huo mainly enters the Tai Yang and is best for dispersing Wind, Cold and Dampness in the Tai Yang by promoting sweating and releasing the exterior. It is better suited to an attack on the upper body with pain and stiffness in the upper back, neck, occiput and head.