Arthritis Herb- Siler Root

Arthritis Herb- Siler Root

Arthritis can be alleviated with siler root.  Siler root is a powerful herb to help fight arthritis.  The Chinese characters for siler root are 防風, Romanized as Fáng Fēng, and pronounced like “Fong Fung.”  It means “wind break” like a row of trees or a built up mound of earth to protect from strong winds.  A windbreaker jacket is 風衣, Fēng Yī.

Siler Root Treats Arthritis

Many studies show that siler root has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties.  Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, a Japanese Journal, demonstrated that there were six different pain relieving compounds in the root.  Other anti-inflammatory compounds were found and released in The Journal of Cellular BiochemistryThe Journal of Ethnopharmacology contained a study which showed the mechanism by which rheumatoid arthritis could be treated with siler root.

Another study from the Journal of Chinese Herbology found that of the 336 patients with lower back pain, 40% obtained relief from an injection containing an herbal extract.  Another 56% of the patients treated obtained moderate relief from the pain.

Siler Root Protects Against Cancer

Articles from Oncology Reports and Cancer Investigation provided evidence that extracts of siler root inhibited the growth of cancer cells.

Siler Root is a potent Antioxidant

The Journal of Chinese Medicinal Materials and Oncology Reports showed that siler root has anti-oxidant properties that could be used to fight free radical damage.

Other Miscellaneous Symptoms Treated by Siler Root

  • Common Cold
  • Nasal inflammation
  • Influenza
  • Diarrhea
  • Bacterial infections
  • Muscle spasms

Chinese Medicinal Actions of Siler Root

Chinese medical terms are different than standard western medical terms.  Fáng Fēng, dispels wind and releases the exterior.  It dispels wind, cold, and dampness, and relieves pain.  It dispels internal Liver Wind and relieves muscle spasms and cramps.   Siler Root relieves diarrhea and stops bleeding.


Fáng Fēng is contraindicated in patients who have vacuous Yin fire, or have muscle cramps or spasms caused by vacuous blood.  Also, patients who have conditions that aren’t caused by wind, cold, or dampness.   Other contraindications include patients who have headaches or dizziness that are caused by Liver Yang or Liver Wind rising.  The video below gives the same information in a different format, click on the link and watch the video.

If you have arthritis, muscle spasms, muscle cramps, pain or other dysfunction and are looking for a natural treatment, call our office at (314) 569-0057, or e-mail us at and we can compound an herbal formula for your health problems.  We are located in Creve Coeur near Town and Country, Chesterfield, Maryland Heights, Olivette, Ladue, Ballwin, and Clayton.

Source:  Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology- Chen and Chen

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