Tu Niu Xi

About Achyranthes Aspera Root (Tu Niu Xi) 

In India, this root is commonly thought of as a weed. The herbal benefits of this plant have been proven in numerous scientific studies. It has been proven as a spermicide, antiparasitic, immunomodulatory, hypoglyceamic, anti-allergic, cardiovascular stimulant, diuretic, anti-depressant, antigenic, hepatoprotective, analgesic, antioxidant, nephroprotective, and antipyretic. It seems that this herb can do it all! 

In traditional Chinese medicine, Achyrathes aspera root (Tu Niu Xi) drains and resolves fire toxicity, invigorates the blood, and unblocks painful urinary issues. It is an excellent herbal remedy! Today, it is commonly used as an alternative medicine for swollen throat, pneumonia, skin sores, and amenorrhea. The Masai people of Kenya have used the root to help with the symptoms of malaria. 

Scientific studies have also proven the efficacy of this amazing herb. "For the last few decades or so, extensive research work has been done to prove its biological activities and pharmacology of its extracts. Saponins, oleonolic acid, dihydroxy ketones, alkaloids, long chain compounds and many other chemical constituents have been isolated" (Srivastav et. al, 2011).


  • Antioxidant
  • Bitter
  • Sour
  • Neutral
  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Blood Circulation
  • Diuretic
  • Pneumonia

Other Names

  • Achyranthes aspera Root
  • Two Tooth Root

Pin Yin Name

  • Tu Niu Xi


  • Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding. 

How to Use

DecoctionsExtracts & TincturesTeas & Infusions Topical & Facial Cooking & Spices Syrups & Gargles Compress & Poultice
You can use Achyranthes aspera root (Tu Niu Xi) in many ways. According to Srivastav et. al, "Decoction of powdered leaves with honey or sugar candy is useful in early stages of diarrhoea and dysentery." 


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