Achyranthes Root

Achyranthes root, or known as Huai Niu Xi in Pinyin, is a common bulk Chinese herb. Being one of the most famous Four Huai medicines, it has a long history of cultivation and application in China.



  • Commonly used as a medicine to unblock collaterals and activate blood. Clinically physicians love to prescribe it for the treatment of a variety of arthritis, osteoproliferation, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases (including coronary heart disease, cerebral thrombosis, and cerebral arteriosclerosis), and gynecological diseases (including emmeniopathy, leukorrheal diseases, and various antenatal and postpartum illness).


  • Achyranthes is often used in traditional Chinese medicine with other herbs to treat nosebleeds, toothaches, bleeding gums, headaches, dizziness, and blurred vision; it is thought to cause blood to move downward from the head and upper body.
  • Achyranthes root is used to improve circulation in the lower half of the body. Due to its function of increasing blood circulation it is used for high blood pressure, painful menstruation, and the absence of menstruation. It is beneficial to joints and bones and is thus used for pain and soreness of the lower back and knees due to weakness. It has the ability to clear painful urination accompanied with blood in the urine. It lowers blood cholesterol levels and is used in the treatment of atherosclerosis. The root juice is used in Nepal for toothache.


Achyranthes is to be avoided during pregnancy as research suggests it can cause dilation of the cervix.


  • No information has been found about Achyranthes Root Interactions

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