Tu Fu Ling – Smilax – Sarsaparilla

Nature: sweet, bland, neutral

Enters: Liver, Stomach

Actions: Clears heat; eliminates toxicity; resolves dampness; relieves joint pain and muscle spasm.

• Damp-heat (including with toxicity): joint pain, turbid and painful urination, jaundice, genital problems (liver channel).
• Dampness and toxicity: skin problems including acne, carbuncles, boils, herpes.
• Syphilis: pain and spasms of the muscles around joints (use with Jin yin hua and Wei ling xian)
• Lupus.
• Lyme disease.
• Treats and prevents leptospirosis.
SD: May help antidote arsenic and mercury poisoning.
K&R: Depurative, diuretic, stimulates LH secretion.
• Water excess, metal deficiency.
Water: nephritis, edema, gout, arthritis, rheumatism.
Metal: skin problems, flatulence; mild diaphoretic.
• Also for leukorrhea with inguinal lymphatic swelling.
• Eliminates urea for uremia; psoriasis.
• Contains hormone precursors.
• Traditionally used as a tonic.
BII: Binds to gut endotoxins for conditions associated with high levels of toxins: psoriasis, eczema, arthritis, ulcerative colitis.
• Possibly beneficial in cancer treatment.
Hall: For reproductive hypofunction, difficulty conceiving/sterility.
• May eliminate the inherited traces of unresolved disease (particularly syphilis).
• Teenage acne.
Yoga: Dwipautra: P, V- (does not increase Kapha)
• Alterative, diuretic, diaphoretic, antispasmodic, antisyphilitic, anti-rheumatic.
• Purifies the genitourinary tract – dispels infection and inflammation.
• Purifies the blood, improves Agni.
• Helps dispel accumulated Vata from the intestines.
• Cleanses the mind of negative emotions, useful in many nervous disorders.
• Tonic action on the sexual organs.
• Topical: As a wash for genital sores or herpes.
• Use as a hot fomentation for painful, arthritic joints.
MLT: Lymph cleanser.
• Able to penetrate the blood-brain-barrier: useful for spirochete-type microbes – syphilis, Lyme disease.
• Also useful for herpes.
JC: Alterative, diuretic, tonic, stimulant, relaxant, demulcent, diaphoretic, cathartic, anti-arthritic, anti-syphilitic, depurant, deobstruent, anti-scorbutic, carminative, poison antidote.
Hsu: Anti-tumor effect – use 500-750g.

Dose: 15-60g

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