Tiger's bone (Hugu)-Panthera tigris-Os tigris

Tiger's bone (Hugu)

Panthera tigris L. (Family: Felidae)
Panthera tigris L. (Family: Felidae)

Pharmaceutical Name: Os tigris
Zoological Name: Panthera tigris L. (Family: Felidae)
Common Name: Tiger's bone
Source of Earliest Record: Mingyi Bielu.
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations: The fresh bone is dried in the shade, and then pounded into small pieces or soaked in wine or made into pills or powder.
Properties & Taste: Pungent and warm.
Meridians: Liver and kidney.
Functions: 1. To dispel wind and dampness and stop pain; 2. To strengthen tendons and bones.
Indications & Combinations:
1. Wind-damp obstruction syndrome manifested as rheumatic pain, spasm of the limbs and motor impairment of joints. Tiger's bone (Hugu) is used with Chaenomeles fruit (Mugua), Cyathula root (Niuxi), Mulberry twigs (Sangzhi), Acanthopanax bark (Wujiapi) and Teasel root (Xuduan) in the formula Hugu Mugua Jiu.
2. Deficient liver and kidney manifested as fragile bones and tendons and weakness of the limbs. Tiger's bone (Hugu) is used with Cyathula root (Niuxi) and Prepared rehmannia root (Shudihuang) in the formula Hu Qian Wan.
Dosage: 3-6 grams in pills, tinctures or powders (Chen).
    Toxicity and Overdose: None Noted
    Contraindications and Cautions: Use with caution in cases of Fire from Excess or Deficiency.

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