Information on Teasel Root

Latin NameDipsacus japonica
Other NamesXu Duan
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsTraditional extract in pill form, bulk herb for tea.
AffectsUrinary system, Liver, Skeletal system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA stout erect, biennial herb with dense, compact heads of white flowers, each surrounded by a hooked, spiny bract. A teasel family member native to Japan and China.
DescriptionTeasel root is a traditional Chinese herb used to strengthen the bones, tendons, and ligaments and help relieve symptoms of chronic lower back pain and knees and joint stiffness. The herb is said to increase blood flow to these areas and also help remove soreness and speed healing after an injury.
Teasel root also is used traditionally to stop excessive uterine bleeding during or between menstrual flows, to calm a restless fetus, and stop bleeding during pregnancy. For this use, it is best to consult a qualified herbalist or licensed Chinese acupuncturist or herbalist.
Similar species of Dipsacus, the genus of teasel, are used by North American herbalists, but more experience is needed to determine if they have the same effects as Xu Duan, the Chinese herb.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
ExtractFollow label directions

Ailments Treated by Teasel Root

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Miscarriage, threatenedtonictincture, tea
Bones, brokensupports hormones to build new bonetea, traditional extracts in pill form
Lumbagokidney and hormone tonic; bone restorativetraditional extract in pill form, tea
Tendonitisadrenal and hormone tonictraditional extract in pill form, tea


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