Herbs of TCM

 Herb Name     
 Dang Shen (Radix Codonopsis)

lung-spleen qi deficiency

Invigorate lung-qi and spleen-qi, nourish blood, and promote the generation of body fluid.

A. Syndrome of lung-spleen qi deficiency
B. Blood deficiency syndrome or syndrome of both qi and blood deficiency

 Du Zhong (Eucommia Bark, Cortex Eucommiae, 杜仲)

Tonify liver and kidney, strengthen tendons and bones, and prevent abortion.(Bone, great review in Amaz)

A. Deficiency of liver and kidney, soreness and pain in lumbar and knees, atrophy-flaccidity and limpness of lower limbs

 B. Threatened abortion, vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, habitual abortion due to liver and kidney deficiency

  • Tonifies the Liver and Kidneys.
  • Strengthens sinews and bones.
  • Calms the fetus. (safe during pregnancy?)
 Fructus Gardeniae

(disturb sleep)

 Purge fire and eliminate irritability, cool blood and stop bleeding, clear heat and relieve toxicity, clear and excrete damp-heat.

A. Irritability and restlessness due to exuberant heat at qi system of warm diseases
B. Excess heat syndrome of heart, liver and stomach
C. Bleeding due to blood heat
D. Heat-toxin syndrome
E. Jaundice and stranguria due to damp-heat
 Rou Cong Rong 


kidney and large intestine meridians entered

(Increases sperm count according to ama review)

Tonify kidney yang, supplement essence and blood, moisten intestines to smooth stool.

A. Deficiency of kidney yang, insufficiency of essence and blood

early white of beard and hair which caused by kidney yang deficiency 

B. Constipation due to intestinal fluid consumption

 Increased body temperature has been noted which may limit the use of high doses of cistanche. Another potential side effect on high dosages is blurred vision that can last a few hours and can be annoying. Individuals report that they have difficulty reading small print for a few hours.

What does the research say about cistanche herb?
Studies in rodents show that administration of cistanche herb improves energy levels. Mice given cistanche are able to swim for longer periods. Many of the compounds found in cistanche herb have antioxidant properties and protect the liver from toxins. I could not find any studies evaluating the role of cistanche in menstrual disorders in women or its effects on fertility in humans. Cistanche appears to have brain enhancing potential. rou cong rong is the Chinese name for cistanches.

Transient exposure to echinacoside is sufficient to activate Trk signaling and protect neuronal cells from rotenone. Laboratory of Neurology of Integrative Medical Institute, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, P R China. J Neurochem. 2013.
Neurotrophins exert their physiological functions mainly through Trk receptors, and the neurotrophic signaling network is critical to the survival of neurons. However, therapeutic use of neurotrophins in treating neurodegenerative diseases is hampered by a number of pharmacological challenges, and the most significant challenge is their delivery into the central nervous system. Here, we reported that echinacoside, a small natural compound, elicits neuroprotection by activating Trk receptors and their downstream signal pathways. Echinacoside is the major active component of Cistanches Herba, a widely used Chinese herb with nerve cell protecting effects.

Research on the effect of phenylethanoid glycosides (PEG) of the Cistanche deserticola on anti-aging in aged mice induced by D-galactose
Zhong Yao Cai. 2008: Institute of Atomic Energy for Application in Agriculture, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Science, Nanjing, China.
To investigate the effect of Phenylethanoid glycosides of the Cistanche deserticola on anti-aging in aged mice induced by D-galactose. Compared with the model group, the abilities of learning and memorizing were improved in Phenylethanoid glycosides of the Cistanche deserticola groups. The activity of SOD was enhanced significantly in serum and brain. The MDA content of liver and serum was decreased. Cistanche deserticola can enhance the ability of learning, memorizing, anti-oxidation, and improve immune function.

 Da Huang

(Poisonous at high doses. Do not use)

 cold; large intestine, spleen, stomach, liver and heart meridians entered.

Remove accumulation with purgative, clear heat and purge fire, cool blood and stop bleeding, remove toxicity, activate blood and dispel stasis, clear heat and resolve dampness.

A. Constipation, accumulation in the stomach and intestines

B. Excess fire-heat syndrome, blood heat syndrome manifested as hematemesis and epistaxis

C. Sores and abscess due to heat-toxin, burn due to hot liquid or fire

D. Stagnant blood syndrome

E. Damp-heat induced jaundice and stranguria

It should be used with caution in case of spleen and stomach deficiency for its bitter and cold property which is easily to damage stomach qi. It is contraindicated to women during pregnancy, menstruation or lactation for it has actions of activating blood and resolving stasis, and can make the purged substances follow lactating out
 Jin Qian Cao
Gold Coin Grass

Specific for Gall bladder stone


 slightly cold; liver, gallbladder, kidney and bladder meridians entered.

Excrete damp to relieve jaundice, induce diuresis to treat stranguria, remove toxicity and relieve swelling.

A. Jaundice
B. Urolithic stranguria, heat stranguria and gallbladder stone
C. Carbuncle, swelling, sore and deep-rooted boil, snake bite
 Ba Ji Tian
(Noni roots)

  slightly warm; kidney and liver meridians entered.

Tonify kidney yang, strengthen tendons and bones, dispel wind-damp.

A. Deficiency of kidney yang
B. Wind-damp arthralgia

 Hai Jin Sha

 cold; bladder and small intestine meridians entered.

Induce diuresis to treat stranguria.
 Tu Si Zi

  slightly warm; kidney, spleen and liver meridians entered.

Tonify kidney, nourish essence, nourish liver to improve vision, secure essence, reduce urination and stop leukorrhagia, tonify spleen to check diarrhea and prevent abortion.

A. Impotence, seminal emission, sterility, enuresis, frequent urination, leukorrhagia due to kidney deficiency
B. Deficiency of liver and kidney, dim and poor vision
C. Deficiency of both spleen and kidney, loose stool and diarrhea
D. Threatened abortion, metrorrhagia and metrostaxis due to liver and kidney deficiency, insecurity of thoroughfare and conception vessels

It is contraindicated in cases of yin deficiency with effulgent fire and difficult urination because of its warm property and tonifying and astringing actions.