Chinese Medicine Insights into Du Huo (Radix Angelicae Pubescentis)

by Dr. Eric Karchmer, PhD, MD (China), LAc |

Chinese Medicine Insights into Du Huo (Radix Angelicae Pubescentis)

Du Huo, or scientifically referred to as Radix Angelicae Pubescentis, holds a significant position within Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. This warm herb, with its characteristic bitter and pungent taste, exerts its influence over the Kidney, Urinary Bladder, and Liver "meridians". Deeply rooted in Chinese Medicine's principles, Du Huo stands out for its remarkable ability to "dispel Wind, Cold, and Dampness" from the body.

These characteristics make it a popular component in various Chinese herbal formulas, particularly recommended for addressing joint and muscular needs. Its unique power for individuals in need of joint support when cold and damp weather conditions exist further enhances its significance in practical applications of Chinese Medicine. 

Du Huo

By fostering internal balance and harmonizing the body's intricate systems, Du Huo emerges as a beacon of support and rejuvenation, promising a heightened sense of overall well-being.

Addressing Joint and Muscular Discomfort

For those who experience persistent joint and muscular needs, Du Huo offers a gentle yet potent solution. By invigorating blood circulation, Du Huo helps mitigate inflamed situations and eases stiffness caused by external actors. It is particularly beneficial for individuals who find their joint needs exacerbated during cold and damp weather conditions.

Du Huo

The Power of Yin-Yang Balance

According to Chinese Medicine theory, the concept of Yin and Yang is central to understanding health and disease. Du Huo's warming nature helps balance the body's Yin and Yang energies, ensuring harmony within the internal systems. By doing so, it alleviates joint needs and restores flexibility, bringing a sense of rejuvenation to the body.

If you are unfamiliar with Chinese herbal medicine, you may wonder how Du Huo can benefit you.

  1. Promotes a Healthy Response When Joint Needs Arise: Du Huo contains natural compounds that can soothe joints and muscles, providing much-needed support when joint needs present themselves.

  2. Improved Joint Mobility: With its ability to promote blood circulation, Du Huo aids in improving joint mobility and flexibility, allowing you to move with ease.

  3. Weather-Related Joint Needs: If you notice your joint needs increasing during cold or damp weather, Du Huo can be your seasonal savior, helping you face the elements with more comfort and strength.

  4. Gentle Herbal Combination: Unlike some western options, Du Huo is a part of herbal formulas carefully curated to provide comprehensive support for joint and muscular health. This holistic approach addresses the root cause of the issue, not just the symptoms.

A New Application with Du Huo: Chinese Herbs for Your Coffee

Based on principles of traditional Chinese medicine, Du Huo’s sour taste might be hard for new users. Subsequently, it can make it challenging to incorporate this incredible herb and the power of Chinese Medicine into one's routine.  

Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang

That's why we developed Joint Vitality, a combination of 14 herbs (including Du Huo) that's inspired by the incredible Traditional Chinese Medicine formula, Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang).  We combined these herbs with collagen and coconut oil for added joint support, strength and mobility, along with a warming spiced cocoa and cinnamon flavor. 

The combination provides a really soothing Chinese herbal Medicine experience and one that can be added to your morning coffee (simply add a scoop and stir).  But more importantly, it's a way to incorporate these powerful herbs that have been used for centuries to provide joint support and increase mobility - both in the short term, and longer term as well. 

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Dr. Eric Karchmer is a practicing Chinese medical doctor, medical anthropologist, and co-founder and Chief Doctor of Chinese Medicine for DAO Labs. From 1995-2000, Eric studied at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and today is both a licensed acupuncturist and professor at Appalachian State University. Eric can be reached at

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