Veterinarian Reviewed on June 7, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Ledebouriella divaricata Root (Fang Feng Herb)
Fang Feng, a Chinese herb also known as Ledebouriella divaricata root, has been prized throughout the centuries for its medicinal properties. Traditionally, Fang Feng was used to treat ailments ranging from common Colds to Arthritis. Today, thousands of people continue to use this herb to treat a number of internal and external symptoms.
The Origin and History of Fang Feng
The name Fang Feng originates from the phrase, “guard against wind.” In the past, wind was considered dangerous because people believed it carried germs and spread diseases. It can also be applied to the body’s internal system where infection can spread as quickly as the wind. Either way, this medicinal plant got its name from its ability to protect the human body from any health threats whether they are internal or external. The healing properties of the Ledebouriella divaricata root have been known for centuries. According to ancient Chinese wisdom, this herb can help ward off a variety of infections and diseases. Most Ledebouriella divaricata roots are grown in the province of Heilongjiang where it is prepared according to ancient traditions.
Ancient Uses of Fang Feng
Since it was first discovered, the Chinese used the Ledebouriella divaricata root to improve their health as well as to treat a variety of diseases. In particular, the herb was widely considered to be effective medicine for common colds. It was used to treat symptoms such as chills, fever, and throat pain. Since colds often spread from one person to another, the Ledebouriella divaricata root got its name as a protector from the wind. In ancient times, not much was known about infectious diseases or even the common cold. Modern medicine was not yet invented and ancient doctors did not understand what caused sickness or how to treat it. What they did know was that herbs could significantly improve health and help people get over being sick faster. The Ledebouriella divaricata was one of the herbs widely used throughout China.
Modern Uses of Fang Feng
People still rely on Fang Feng to help them get better today. There are many benefits and uses for the Ledebouriella divaricata root. It relieves symptoms associated with the common cold or flu such as chills, body aches, and Headaches. People who have Arthritis can benefit by ingesting Fang Feng as it can significantly reduce rheumatic pains. It can also be used for body spasms or to stop trembling of the feet and hands. Fang Feng can even be used to treat rashes and allergic reactions that affect the skin.
Side Effects and Cautionary Measures of using Fang Feng
Remember to only use the appropriate dosage for your body weight, height and your age. Do not take more than recommended. In most cases, the dose should be between 3 and 9 grams. People who feel weak or have anemia should not use Ledebouriella. As with all other medicine, you should be very careful and listen to your body when taking Fang Feng. If used correctly, it can provide many benefits, but you should be careful before beginning any new medical regimens. When in doubt you should always consult a medical doctor or a qualified herbalist.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan