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The Intricate Processing of Fuzi in Chinese Herbal Medicine

Explore the transformative journey of Fuzi in traditional Chinese medicine.

Focusing on Fuzi, Prof Brand delves into the herb’s processing, showcasing its transformation from a highly toxic state to a therapeutic form.

Aconite alkaloids, responsible for toxicity, diminish through heating, revealing derivatives with anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. The lateral root, Fuzi, differs from the main root, Chuanwu, offering a balance of pain relief and kidney tonification. Ancient literature emphasizes meticulous processing for internal use, showcasing Chinese herbal medicine’s unique approach.

The historical importance of processing, blending cooking techniques with herbal medicine, shapes this distinctive aspect of traditional Chinese medicine, prompting further research and standardization for future preservation.

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