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Channels: LIV, KI

Properties: Sweet, Salty, Warm

A&I:
* Tonifies kidneys & fortifies Yang: kidney yang xu (lightheaded, tinnitus, soreness & lack of strength in lower back & knees)

- Tonifies Du vessel, augments essence & blood, & strengthens sinews & bones: deficient essence & blood (especially children)(failure to thrive, mental retardation, learning disabilities, insufficient growth, or skeletal deformities e.g. rickets)

- Regulates the Chong (penetrating) & Ren (conception) mai, & stabilizes the Dai (Girdle) mai: cold deficient vaginal discharge or uterine bleeding. Infertility with cold womb.

- Tonifies & Nourishes the qi & blood:

C&C:
- start with low dosage and increase slowly
- deficient heat, heat in blood level
- phlegm heat in lungs, blazing stomach fire
- warm-febrile diseases

Dosage: up to 3g
- can also be soaked in wine for better tonification
Lu Rong
Velvet of Young Deer Antler
Cornu Parvum Cervi
Channels: LU, KI

Properties: Salty, Neutral

A&I:
* Benefits Kidney Yang & tonifies the Lung Qi: Kidneys unable to grasp qi (wheezing), cough with blood streaked sputum

- Assists the Kidney Yang & augments the essence & blood: Kidney yang xu (impotence, daybreak diarrhea, & urinary frequency)

C&C:
- wheezing & coughing from external wind cold or excess heat

Dosage: 3-7g
Ge Jie
Gecko
Channels: LU, KI

Properties: Sweet, Warm

A&I:
* Augments the Kidneys & tonifies the yang: Kidney yang xu (impotence et al)

- tonifies Kidney Yang, augments Lung yin, transforms phlegm, & stops bleeding: chronic cough, wheezing from xu, consumptive coughs with blood-streaked sputum.

** Tonifies Yang & Yin so very safe to use long time.

C&C: exterior conditions

Dosage: up to 10g
- soak in wine to enhance treatment for impotence
Dong Chong Xia Cao
"Winter Bug Summer Herb"
Cordyceps, Chinese Caterpillar Fungus
Cordyceps Chinensis
Channels: LI, KI

Properties: Sweet, Salty, Warm

A&I:
* Tonifies Kidneys & strengthens the yang: Kidney Yang Xu (impotence, spermatorrhea, urinary incontinence, post-urinary dripping, & cold pains in lower back & knees)

~ Warms the Womb: cold deficient womb (infertility, excessive uterine bleeding, & vaginal discharge)

~ Moistens the Intestines & facilitates passage of stool: dry intestines from inadequate fluids - especially in the elderly.

C&C:
- diarrhea from weak Stomach or Spleen
- empty heat

Dosage: up to 20g

** Herb tonifies Yang yet is not drying; its effects are moderate. Therefore it is necessary to use rather large dosages to have a good effect.
Rou Cong Rong
Fleshy Stem of the Broomrape
Herba Cistanchis Deserticolae
Channels:
LI, KI, LIV

Properties:
Sweet, Warm

A&I:
* Tonifies the Kidneys & fortifies the yang: Kidney yang xu (impotence, frequent urination, spermatorrhea, lower back pain)

~ Nourish blood, augments essence, & strengthens the sinews: essence & blood xu (weakness of sinews, paralysis) - wei syndromes

- Moistens the Intestines & unblocks bowels: deficient qi or blood constipation

C&C:
- Kidney yin xu with heat signs
- Spleen xu
- excess heat constipation

Dosage: up to 15g
Suo Yang
"Lock Yang (Qi)"
Fleshy Stem of Cynomorium
Herba Cynomorii Songarici
Channels: KI, LIV

Properties: Spicy, Sweet, Warm

A&I:
* Tonifies Kidneys & fortifies Yang:*impotence, *spermatorrhea, frequent urination, forgetfulness, withdrawal, & *painful cold lower back & knees

* Expels wind-damp-cold:

- Tonifies the yin & yang & harnesses ascendant Liver Yang: deficient Liver & Kidneys & subsequent ascendant Liver Yang (lower back pain, dizziness)

C&C: Yin xu Fire

Dosage: up to 15g
Yin Yang Huo
"Licentious Goat Wort"
Aerial Parts of Epimedium
Herba Epimedii
Channels: KI, LIV

Properties: Spicy, Sweet, Warm

A&I:
* Tonifies Kidneys and fortifies the Yang: For impotence, infertility, spermatorrhea, premature ejaculation, incontinence, weak lower back, irregular menstruation, and dull abdominal pain that is cold in nature.

~ Strengthens the sinews and bones: For back pain and atrophy of the muscles.

* Dispels wind & expels damp-cold: For damp-cold painful obstruction & leg qi pain in back & legs

C&C:
- damp-heat or yin xu heat
- damp-heat in lower jiao (Lin)
- antagonizes: dan shen

Dosage: up to 15g
Ba Ji Tian
Morinda Root
Radix Morindae Officinalis
Channels: KI, LIV

Properties: Bitter, Warm

A&I:
* Warms the Kidneys, disperses dampness & cold, & alleviates pain: Kidney yang xu accompanied by accumulation of cold or stagnant qi (abdominal or flank distention & pain or hernial disorders.

* Damp cold in the Liver channel

C&C:
- damp-heat or empty heat

Dosage: up to 9g
Hu Lu Ba
Fenugreek Seed
Semen Trigonellae Foeni-graeci
Channels: KI, LI, LU

Properties: Sweet, Warm

A&I:
* Tonifies the Kidneys & strengthens the back & knees: colds & painful back & knees & frequent urination (watery, clear, pale)

* Warms the Lungs & helps the Kidneys to grasp qi: Deficient Lungs & Kidneys (chronic cough & wheezing)

~ Moisten the Intestines & unblocks the bowels: elderly-- dry intestines & not heat

C&C:
- phlegm fire or hot cough
- empty heat, watery stool
- do not take with strong tea

Dosage: up to 30g
Hu Tao Ren
"Barbarian Peach Pit"
Walnut Nut
Semen Juglandis Regiae
Channels:
KI, SP

Properties:
Spicy, Bitter, Very Warm

A&I:
~ Tonifies the Kidneys & fortifies Yang: impotence, premature ejaculation, cold & painful lower back. or weak lower back & weak & cold extremities

* Stabilize essence & reserves urine: enuresis, incontinence of urine, frequent urination, & spermatorrhea

* Tonifies & warms the Spleen Yang: diarrhea, borborygmus, & abdominal pain

~ Aids the Kidneys to grasp qi: wheezing

C&C: deficient heat or constipation

Dosage: up to 9g
Bu Gu Zhi
"Tonify Bone Resin"
Psoralea Fruit
Fructus Psoraleae Corylifoliae
Channels:
KI, SP

Properties:
Spicy, Warm

A&I:
*Warms the Kidneys, retains the essence, & holds in urine: spermattorhea, *frequent & copious urination, *urinary incontinence

* Warms the spleen & stops diarrhea: cold, deficient spleen or stomach patterns (diarrhea, cold abdominal pain, *excessive salivation, *thick unpleasant taste in mouth). Cold entering Spleen & Kidneys (abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea)

C&C: heat causing spermattorhea, frequent urination, or vaginal discharge

Dosage: up to 9g
Yi Zhi Ren
"Benefit Intelligence Nut"
Black Cardamon, Alpinia Oxyphylla Fruit
Fructus Alpiniae Oxyphyllae
Channels: KI, LIV

Properties: Spicy, Hot, Toxic

A&I:
* Expels cold & eliminates dampness: obstinate damp-cold bi, lower back & knee pain. Cold abdominal or lower back pain.

~ Tonifies the Kidneys & fortifies the Yang: infertility from cold womb (women) or cold essence (men)

C&C: deficient heat

Dosage: up to 9g
Xian Mao
"Immortal Grass"
Golden Eye Grass Rhizome
Rhizoma Curculiginis Orchioidis
Channels: KI, LIV

Properties: Sweet, Slightly Spicy, Warm

A&I:
* Tonifies the Liver & Kidneys, strengthens the sinews & bones: Liver & Kidney Xu (weak, sore, or painful lower back & knees, frequent urination)

- calms the fetus: cold deficient Kidneys (bleeding during pregnancy), prevent miscarriage when fetus is restless

- Recently used for dizziness & lightheadedness (hypertension) from rising Liver yang

C&C:
- deficient heat
- antagonizes: xuan shen

Dosage: up to 15g
- salt water fry to increase Kidney tonification
- can go up to 20g
Du Zhong
Eucommia Bark
Cortex Eucommiae Ulmoidis
Channels: KI, LIV

Properties: Bitter, Sweet, Warm

A&I:
* Tonifies the Liver & Kidneys & strengthens the sinews & bones: stiffness, soreness, or weakness in the lower back, spine, & lower extremities

* Expels wind & dampness: wind-damp bi with pain, soreness, or numbness

~ Stabilizes the Kidneys: urinary incontinence & vaginal discharge (watery, white)

C&C: difficult urination, empty heat

Dosage: up to 15g
Gou Ji
"Dog Spine"
Chain Fern Rhizome
Rhizoma Cibotii Barometsis
Channels: KI, LIV

Properties: Bitter, Spicy, Slightly Warm

A&I:
* Tonifies the Liver & Kidneys, strengthens the sinews & bones: deficient Liver & Kidneys (sore & painful lower back & knees, stiff joints, weakness in legs). **Tonifies without causing stagnation

* Promotes the movement of blood, alleviates pain, & generates flesh: trauma, external disorders (sores). Topical or internal application

- Stops uterine bleeding & calms the fetus: deficient uterine bleeding & vaginal discharge, restless fetus

C&C: antagonizes: lei wan

Dosage: up to 20g
- fry with vinegar to invigorate blood & alleviate pain
- roast with salt to char for excessive uterine bleeding
- powdered for topical application
Xu Duan
"Restore What is Broken"
Japanese Teasel Root
Radix Dipsaci
Channels: KI, LIV

Properties: Bitter, Warm

A&I:
* Promotes mending of the sinews & bones: falls, fractures, contusions, & sprains

- Tonifies the Kidneys: Kidney xu (*tinnitus, toothache & bleeding gums)

- Stimulates the growth of hair: alopecia

C&C: yin or blood xu

Dosage: up to 18g
Gu Sui Bu
"Mender of Shattered Bones"
Drynaria Rhizome
Radix Drynariae
Channels: KI, LIV

Properties: Spicy, Sweet, Neutral

A&I:
* Tonifies the Kidneys, augments the yin, secures the essence, & reserves the urine: Kidney Yang Xu (impotence, nocturnal emissions, premature ejaculation, vaginal discharge)

* Tonifies the Kidneys & Liver & improves vision: blurred vision, spots in front of eyes

~ Calms the fetus:

- Benefits the Spleen & Kidneys & stops diarrhea:

C&C:
- fire from yin xu
- constipation, scanty dark urine

Dosage: up to 15g
Tu Si Zi
Chinese Dodder Seeds
Semen Cuscutae Chinensis
Channels: KI, LIV

Properties: Sweet, Warm

A&I:
* Fortifies the yang & secures the essence: premature ejaculation, frequent urination, impotence, urinary incontinence

* Tonfies Liver & Kidneys & improves vision: reduced visual acuity or blurred vision from the deficient Liver & Kidneys

C&C:
- empty heat
- hyperactive sexual drives
- difficulty in urination

Dosage: up to 15g
Sha Yuan Ji Li
Astragalus Seed, Flattened Milkvetch Seed
Semen Astragali Complanati
Channels: LIV, LU, KI

Properties: Sweet, Salty, Warm

A&I:
* Tonifies the Liver & Kidneys & augments the essence: insufficiency of Kidney Qi & debility of Essence & Blood (infertility, impotence, spermatorrhea, low back pain, light-headedness, & tinnitus)

~ Augments the qi & nourishes the blood: exhaustion of Qi & Blood (emaciation, pallor, &/or insufficient lactation)

- Tonifies the Lung qi & augments the Kidney Essence: Lung & Kidney xu (wheezing. Especially useful between acute attacks or consumption with night sweats, emaciation, & debility as well as chronic wheezing & coughing

C&C:
- prolonged use
- empty heat

Dosage: up to 3g
Zi He Che
"Purple River Vehicle"
Human Placenta
Placenta Hominis
Channels: KI, LIV

Properties: Spicy, Sweet, Warm

A&I:
* Warms the Kidneys, fortifies the yang, & secures the essence: impotence, *spermatorrhea, urinary incontinence, frequent urination, *vaginal discharge (watery & white), weak & sore lower back & knees

~ Warms the Stomach & stops vomiting:

C&C:
- deficient heat

Dosage: up to 9g
Jiu Zi
Chinese Leek Seed
Semen Allii Tuberosi
Channels: KI, LIV

Properties: Salty, Hot

A&I:
* Strengthens the yang & essence: Kidney yang xu (impotence, decreased sexual drive, aversion to cold, & cold limbs)

C&C:
- empty heat
- hyperactive sexual drive

Dosage: up to 15g
Hai Gou Shen
"Sea Dog Genitals"
Male Seal Sexual Organs
Testes et Penis Otariae
Channels: KI

Properties: Salty, Slightly Warm

A&I:
* Warms the Kidneys & lower burner & fortifies the yang: spermatorrhea, premature ejaculation, soreness & weakness in the lower back & knees

~ Warms the Womb: cold womb (infertility & uterine bleeding)

C&C:
- empty heat
- antagonizes: lei wan, chan tui
- counteracts: tu si zi

Dosage: up to 4.5g in pills or powders
Yang Qi Shi
"Stone for Raising the Yang"
Actinolite
Actinolitum
Channels: LU

Properties: Sweet, Warm

A&I:
* Strengthens the yang, transforms phlegm, & directs qi downwards: cough & wheezing in deficient yang patterns with phlegm

~ Benefits the qi & promotes lactation: insufficient lactation.

C&C:
- excessive or prolonged use can lead to stagnation of Stomach Qi
- Wheezing with blood

Dosage: up to 30g
- crush or powder before use
E Guan Shi
"Goose Neck Stone"
Tip of Tubular Stalactites
Stalactitum
Channels: KI

Properties: Sweet, Salty, Slightly Warm

A&I:
* Tonifies Kidneys & strengthens the yang: impotence and debility, especially in the elderly

~ Reduces swelling & dissipates nodules: scrofula

C&C:
- pregnancy
- empty heat
- weak digestive conditions or during colds

Dosage:
- up to 9g in decoctions
- up to 2.4g in pills & powders
Hai Long
"Sea Dragon"
Pipe Fish
Hailong
Channels: KI, LIV

Properties: Sweet, Salty, Warm

A&I:
* Tonifies the Kidneys & fortifies the yang: impotence, urinary incontinence, deficiency wheezing, & debility in the elderly

* Invigorates the blood: bleeding & pain from blood stasis & swelling due to sores & boils. Also abdominal masses

C&C:
- pregnancy
- empty heat
- weak digestive conditions & during colds

Dosage: up to 12g
Hai Ma
"Sea Horse"
Sea Horse
Hippocampus
Channels: HT, KI

Properties: Salty, Warm

A&I:
* Tonifies the Kidneys, benefits the essence & fortifies the yang: for impotence, nocturnal emission, frequent urination

* Also used to stop bleeding in consumption & hemophilia

C&C:
- Spleen Xu with diarrhea

Dosage: up to 60g
- Commonly eaten as food
Hai Shen
"Sea Root"
Sea Cucumber, Sea Slug, Trepang
Stichopus Japonicus