Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang

A classic Chinese herbal formula

Chinese herbal medicine has been playing a important role in people’s health. The use of herbs dates back to Shennong-The first Emperor of Ancient China. The knowledge of herbs has been passed down from generation to generation; many of them are recorded in books, including a lot of classical formulas. Du Huo Ji Shen Wan is one of them, which is well known for treating Osteoarthritis (OA).

In the last few decades, Pharmacist have single out individual herbs and analysed their chemical makeup, many of the studies are recorded in Medical Journals and medical data bases. Formulas have been tested in clinical trials, aimed to find out how they work.

Du Huo Ji Shen Tang is formed by 15 herbs.  They can nourish Qi and Blood, improving the deficiency of the liver and kidney. Clinical trials investigating the effect of it on preventing cartilage degeneration of OA in rabbits has shown this formula can inhibiting inflammatory reaction and cartilage degeneration.

I have introduced it to some of my clients in adjunction of acupuncture treatment, so far the results are encouraging.


*Chao-Wei Chen, Jian Sun, Yu-Mei Li, Pi-An Shen, and Yong-Qiang Chen (2009)- Action Mechanisms of Du-Huo-Ji-Sheng-Tang on Cartilage Degradation in a Rabbit Model of Osteoarthritis – Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2011, Article ID 571479, 7 pages doi:10.1093/ecam/neq002

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