Prepared Aconite Root (Zhi Fu Zi)

Prepared Aconite Root (Zhi Fu Zi)

Prepared aconite root is a powerful herb in traditional Chinese medicine. Also known as zhi fu zi (or fu zi, in short), this herb has been used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine from the far East. For those familiar with Chinese medicine, there are few more powerful herbs than fu zi.

Zhi fu zi is processed from the radix aconiti lateralis plant, one of over 200 species of the aconitum family. It has historically been used to treat heart failure, shock, and hypotension[1].  It was also used as an analgesic[2,3], an anti-inflammatory, a cardiotonic, and anti-arthritic[4].  In recent research, aconiti has been found to kill staphylococcus aureus and E. coli[5].  Aconite is also occasionally used in very low doses by modern homeopathic practitioners as a treatment for colds, influenza, rheumatism and congestion. The German Commission E has recognized the effectiveness of aconite in treating neuralgia[6].  When dosed properly, zhi fu zi can be safely used internally and externally.

As an interesting note, zhi fu zi has also seen positive test results in treatment of cirrhosis of the liver and portal hypertension[7].

Battle Balm® uses High Quality Cultivated and Prepared Aconite Root as one of its 20 key ingredients. Zhi fu zi is just one of the many proven herbal compounds used to defend against bacteria, reduce pain and swelling, as well as facilitate blood circulation so you can bounce back from injury and get into the gym again quickly!

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References:

  1. http://www.journaltcm.com/modules/Journal/contents/stories/123/2.pdf (Pharmacological effects of Chinese herb aconite (Fuzi) on cardiovascular system)
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16183224 (Pain-relieving effects of processed Aconiti tuber in CCI-neuropathic rats)
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10230857 (Analgesia-producing mechanism of processed aconiti tuber...)
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18973027 (Clinical research on Gancao Fuzi decoction in treating osteoarthritis of knee joint)
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21726063  (Microcalorimetry studies on the antibacterial effect of crude monkshood polysaccharide.)
  6. http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/herbcentral/aconite.php (Aconite (Fu Zi) - Acupuncture Today)
  7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17392492 (Zhi-fuzi, a cardiotonic Chinese herb, a new medical treatment choice in treatment of portal hypertension?)