Cut and dried into slices, drynaria rhizome is used in the various preparations. Fresh rhizome is valued in the herbal medicine for its benefits in an external uses.
Drynaria rhizome is not only found in dried forms, but may be released in pill, powder and decoction forms. Usually, the variety of drynaria products is sold in most health food stores and herbal shops.
The roots and stems of the plant containnaringin and naringenin from hydrolysis. The active chemicals in the drynaria rhizome positively influence bone cells, protecting and healing them by enhancing the calcium absorption of bones, increasing blood calcium and inorganic phosphorus levels.
In traditional Chinese medicine, drynaria is greatly favoured for being one of the most important and effective herbs that can be used to heal damaged bones and ligaments (even the Chinese name of drynaria is translated as "mender of shattered bones”) Its bitter and warm properties are also beneficial for kidney disorders and acts as kidney tonic, for liver diseases, diarrhoea, toothache, bleeding gums and tinnitus. In addition, drynaria can be applied topically to heal wounds and stop bleeding. Alopecia, the condition connected with the hair loss, is successfully treated with drynaria too. It stimulates hair growth and strength. Other indicated uses of the herb include dyspepsia, phthsis, and fever. Some researches attribute to drynaria sex- and heart-tonic properties.