Hu Zhang - 虎杖 - Bushy Knotweed Rhizome

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Chinese Name: 虎杖, Hu Zhang
English Name: Bushy Knotweed Rhizome
Latin Name: Polygoni Cuspidati Rhizoma
Certifications: Kosher, Halal
Potency: Full-spectrum, water-based herbal extract; concentrated 5:1; granules (100g/bottle).
Properties: Slightly bitter; slightly cold.
Functions: Clears heat, resolves toxin, promotes the gall bladder, resolves jaundice, dispels wind, promotes urination, disperses stasis, stops pain, stops cough, resolves phlegm.
Available in: 100g granules

What is Hu Zhang?

Hu Zhang, also known as Bushy Knotweed, is a slightly bitter and slightly cold herb, and is categorized as a blood-moving herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is also recognized as a transform-phlegm herb.

Some TCM formulas that include Hu Zhang are Jiang Zhi Yin which may be used as nutritional support for those managing cholesterol; and Qing Fei Pai Du Tang which may aid in clearing hear from the lungs.

What are the benefits of Hu Zhang?

Hu Zhang is traditionally used to activate the blood and break up stasis, clear heat and dry dampness, and expel fire toxins.

Modern uses reflect Hu Zhang’s wide-ranging benefits, including arthritis, traumatic injury, and amenorrhea. Additionally, this herb may be used to aid burns, carbuncles, skin infections and snake bites.

What is the dosage and method for taking Hu Zhang?

Hu Zhang is generally taken as part of a balanced formula in conjunction with other herbs. Always follow your healthcare provider's instructions, as the dosage can vary based on your condition and response to treatment.

Hu Zhang may be taken in capsule form or loose granules. Granules dissolve best in very hot water.

When can I expect to see results?

Hu Zhang typically starts to take effect within days. However, like all treatments, its efficacy can vary from person to person.

Does Hu Zhang have any side effects?

While Hu Zhang is generally considered safe for most people, it can cause side effects in some individuals. Women who are pregnant, nursing, or postpartum as well as people with liver disease, should avoid or use Hu Zhang with caution.

As with any Chinese herb, we recommend consulting with a qualified practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) about Hu Zhang before any course of treatment is started. 

Where to buy Hu Zhang

For practitioners, Treasure of the East offers full-spectrum Hu Zhang granules in 100g bottles.

If you’re a consumer looking to purchase Hu Zhang, look for suppliers who provide clear information about the product's origin, purity, and testing procedures to ensure you're getting a high-quality product. Please read Where to Buy Chinese Herbs Safely for more tips on how to source herbs safely.

Hu Zhang from Treasure of the East is:
✔️ ISO Lab Tested & GMP Certified
✔️ Bio-Authentic with Full Traceability
✔️ Sustainably Sourced from Dao Di Farms

Treasure of the East’s herbal extracts are full-spectrum, water-based extracts produced by Tianjiang Pharmaceutical. Unlike standardized extracts, which contain a concentrated quantity of a single marker chemical, full-spectrum herbal extracts contain all the active chemical constituents of whole herbs in concentrated form.  Treasure of the East herbs are full-spectrum and extracted using only purified water (more information).

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