Pinyin name: Cao Wu
Source: Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing
English name: aconite tsaowu, kusnezoff monks’ hood root
Botanical name: aconitum kusnezoffii
Pharmaceutical name: radix aconiti kusnezoffii
Properties: bitter, acrid, hot
Channels entered: heart, liver, spleen
Chinese therapeutic actions: dispels wind, disperses cold, and relieves pain, reduces swellings and treats abscesses and lesions
This herb is slightly toxic or toxic. Like all things in life, Chinese herbal medicine is far from perfect, and it’s important for consumers to understand that although they are few in number, there are some ingredients that are part of the Chinese herbal pharmacopoeia that are considered toxic. Normally, when toxic or slightly toxic ingredients are used (in a formula) an antidotal ingredient is always added as part of the prescription in order to mitigate the toxicity of the ingredient in question. Therefore, we recommend this herb be used under the guidance of a traditional Chinese medicinal professional.
This herb is available by the pound in either raw or powdered form.