Pharmaceutical Latin: Radix Dipsaci
Common English: Dipsacus
Japanese Teasel Root
Himalayan Teasel Root
Herbs that Tonify the Yang
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Slightly Warm
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Tonifies the Liver and Kidneys and strengthens the sinews and bones

Liver and Kidney Deficiency with sore and painful lower back and knees, stiffness in the joints and weakness in the legs

Urinary dribbling from Kidney Deficiency

Stops uterine bleeding, calms the fetus and prevents miscarriage

Bleeding during pregnancy

Restless fetus

Threatened miscarriage

Ren channel Deficiency related uterine bleeding and vaginal discharge

Promotes the movement of Blood, alleviates pain, generates flesh and reconnects the sinews and bones

Trauma (topical and internal) especially pain and swelling in the lower back and limbs

External sores (topical)

Bi pain

Reduces swellings, abscesses and sores

Toxic abscesses and sores

  • Contraindicated for those with Yin Deficiency with Excess Fire.
  • Contraindicated for those with Wind-Damp-Heat Bi.
  • Contraindicated for those in the early stages of dysenteric disorders.
  • Contraindicated for those with anger related to Qi Stagnation.
  • Antagonizes Scl. Omphalia Lei Wan.

Blood Invigorating Herbs

Cx. Eucommiae
Du Zhong
Rx. Achyranthis Bidentatae
Niu Xi
(Rz. Dioscoreae Hypoglaucae)
(Bi Xie)

Cx. Eucommiae
Du Zhong

Restricted blood flow leading to amenorrhea and other conditions.

Deficient Kidneys or Cold-Damp Bi causing low back and leg pain and weakness and contracture of the leg muscles.

Threatened miscarriage.

Tonifies the Liver and Kidneys, strengthens the lower back and secures the Chong and Ren channels to treat aching in the lower back and knees, weakness of the legs which makes walking difficult and especially threatened miscarriage due to instability of the Chong and Ren channels.

Restless fetus or bleeding during pregnancy accompanied by lower back pain and a sense of dropping in the lower trunk.

Fol. Artemisiae Argyi
Ai Ye

Fol. Artemisiae Argyi
Ai Ye
Rx. Sanguisorbae
Di Yu
Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui


Hb. Taxilli
Sang Ji Sheng
Sm. Cuscutae
Tu Si Zi
Gel. Corii Asini
E Jiao

Excessive uterine bleeding with abdominal pain.

Excessive uterine bleeding with abdominal pain. (stronger effect)

Habitual miscarriage.

Uterine bleeding from Kidney Deficiency.

Rz. Drynariae
Gu Sui Bu
Zi Ran Tong
Tu Bie Chong

Hb. Taraxaci
Pu Gong Ying

Cx. Eucommiae
Du Zhong
Rx. Achyranthis Bidentatae
Niu Xi
Rz. Cibotii
Gou Ji
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang
Sm. Cuscutae
Tu Si Zi

Fractures or severe sprains.

Breast sores and abscesses.

Lower back and knee soreness and pain.

Cx. Eucommiae
Du Zhong

Fr. Jujube
Da Zao
Fr. Oryzae

Geng Mi

Rz. Drynariae
Gu Sui Bu
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang
Grain-based Liquor

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rz. Drynariae
Gu Sui Bu
Rx. Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong
Ru Xiang
Mo Yao
Rx. Notoginseng
San Qi
Rx. Achyranthis Bidentatae
Niu Xi

Restless fetus or habitual miscarriage in the first trimester with uterine bleeding and severe low back pain.

Topically for traumatic injuries with severe pain, swelling or fractures.

Traumatic injuries.

  1. This herb is often used for lower body pain.
  2. It repairs tissues damaged by trauma or internal degeneration.
  3. This herb tonifies without stagnating and is therefore very useful for arthritic conditions due to Deficiency.
  4. It is often used topically and internally for trauma with swelling and pain in the lower back and extremities.
  5. It is good for low back pain with significant aspects of Kidney Deficiency and Wind-Dampness.
  6. It can be used alone to treat polyuria and spermatorrhea.
  7. Both Xu Duan and Hb. Taxilli Sang Ji Sheng have the same therapeutic action but they are different in nature and flavor. They can be used together or if one is unavailable the other can be substituted for it. They both tonify the Liver and Kidneys, strengthen the sinews and bones and augment Blood to calm the fetus. Sang Ji Sheng expels Wind- Dampness and is more appropriate when the pain in the lower back, sinews and bones is due to Liver and Kidney Deficiency with Wind-Damp Bi. Xu Duan disseminates and unblocks all channels and excels at connecting the sinews and bones.
  8. Dry-fried Dipsacus Chao Xu Duan has an increased ability to tonify and moderated acrid and dispersing qualities so as to direct it to the Chong and Ren channels to stabilize them. It is also the best for calming the fetus unless there is bleeding, in which case, it should be charred
  9. Charred Dipsacus Xu Duan Tan stops bleeding and quiets the fetus. It is used for bleeding during pregnancy and threatened miscarriage or continuous uterine bleeding.
  10. Salt-prepared Dipsacus Yan Xu Duan has an enhanced ability to enter the Kidney channel and fortify the bones. It is often used when Kidney Deficiency leads to weakness of the lower back and knees, urinary frequency and leakage of Jing.
  11. Wine-fried Dipsacus Jiu Xu Duan has a stronger ability to reconnect sinews and bones and regulate blood vessels. It is used to treat traumatic injury, localized swelling, sprains, dislocations and fractures. It is also used for Wind-Cold-Damp Bi, and for cramps and spasm in the muscles.