Pharmaceutical Latin: Herba Erodii/Geranii
Common English: Cranesbill
Common Heron's Bill Herb
Wilford Crane's Bill Herb
Herbs that Dispel Wind-Dampness
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
(Slightly Warm)
Large Intestine
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Dispels Wind, eliminates Dampness, invigorates the Blood and dredges and unblocks the channels and collaterals

Bi syndrome and other severe pain due to Wind-Dampness

Spasms and numbness

Clears Heat, resolves toxicity, stops diarrhea, generates flesh and stops itching

Sores, abscesses, burns and eczema

Dysenteric disorders


Rx. Dipsaci
Xu Duan
Rx. Clematidis
Wei Ling Xian
Rx. Aconiti Kusnezoffii
Zhi Cao Wu

Hb. Lycopodii
Shen Jin Cao
Rx. Stephaniae Tetrandrae
Han Fang Ji
Di Long

Cx. Phellodendri
Huang Bai
Rx. Sophorae Flavescentis
Ku Shen
Fr. Kochiae
Di Fu Zi

Painful obstruction due to Wind-Cold Dampness

Panarthralgia with swollen, enlarged and painful joints

Sores with significant exudate and pruritis

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Hb. Portulacae
Ma Chi Xian

Ram. Mori
Sang Zhi
Caulis Spatholobi
Ji Xue Teng
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Hb. Euphorbiae Humifusae
Di Jin Cao

Damp-Heat dysenteric disorders

Bi syndrome

Diarrhea or dysentery

  1. This herb can be used alone for treating Bi syndrome.
  2. It can be used alone for for infectious bowel disorders such as gastroenteritis and dysentery.
  3. This herb has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
  4. It is said to dredge the channel to promote Blood circulation and free the collaterals.
  5. For the treatment of injuries, arthralgia, numbness of the skin and paralysis, it is immersed in wine and taken frequently.
  6. It was recorded that because it clears fever and detoxifies, it is good for carbuncles, cellulitis, sores and swelling.