cao wu

cao wu

Chinese herbal medicine
The root of Aconitum kusnezoffi, said to be anti-inflammatory, analgesic and cardiotonic; it has been used for musculoskeletal disorders.

Toxicity
Cao wu contains the highly toxic C19 diterpenoid alkaloids of aconite, mesaconitine and hypaconite; the signs and symptoms are those of aconite poisoning, which may cause death due to ventricular arrhythmias in the first 24 hours.
 
Management
Supportive.
References in periodicals archive ?
Among them, the top 7 above 30 percent were "Chuan Wu" (Radix Aconiti), "Cao Wu" (Radix Aconiti Kusnezoffii),"Mo Yao" (Myrrha), "Ru Xiang" (Olibanum), "Dang Gui" (Radix Angelicae), "Bing Pian" (Borneolum Syntheticum), and "Chuan Xiong" (Rhizoma Ligusticum chuan xiong).
It is clear that the top 7 herbs are suited for the syndrome of cold-damp stasis blockage: Chuan Wu and Cao Wu are used to dispel the evil of wind, damp, and cold as well as relieve pain; Mo Yao and Ru Xiang promote blood circulation to achieve analgesic effect; Chuan Xiong accelerates blood circulation and qi and relieves pain; the effects of Dang Gui enrich the blood and promote blood circulation; and the emitting of Bing Pian stimulates drug absorption, so they have the effect of promoting blood circulation and dredging meridians, eliminating swelling and pain with the help of a transdermal delivery system [12,13, 50].
This study has documented those herbs with the effect of dispelling cold-damp, promoting blood circulation, and relieving pain, such as Chuan Wu, Cao Wu, Mo Yao, Ru Xiang, and Dang Gui which were the major components of TCHPs.