Herb 7 of 15 in Herbs that Tonify Yin
SP, ST, HT (LU)
Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Slightly Cold
Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici
Mai Dong, Cun Dong, Da Mai Dong
Lush Winter Wheat
- Moistens the Lungs, Nourishes Yin
Treats cases with damaged Lung Yin including symptoms of a hacking, dry cough, or hemoptysis, dry throat, dry mouth, dry cough with scanty and difficult to expectorate phlegm. Also for dyspnea, chest fullness and pain with a dry cough. Most often used in cases when a Warm-Dry pathogen has transformed into fire because it can cool the lungs.
- Nourishes the Stomach Yin and Generates Fluids
For thirst and dry mouth due to insufficient Stomach Yin. Also for Xiao Ke syndrome(wasting and thirsting disorder).
- Moistens Intestines
For intestinal dryness and constipation due to Yin Deficiency leading to dryness
- Clears the Heart and Eliminates Irritability
For irritability, especially fever and irritability that worsen at night due to Yin Deficiency or Heat Pathogen in the Ying Level
Contraindications and Cautions
- Do not use in cases of diarrhea from Cold and Middle Jiao Deficiency
- Do not use in cases of cough due to Wind-Cold or Damp-Phlegm
- Avoid use prior to operating heavy machinery due to possible drowsiness associated with use of this herb
Toxicity and Overdose
- No toxicity noted
- Possible allergic reactions include nausea, vomiting, nervousness, agitation, tingling abdominal pain, and pruritus along with delirium and loss of consiousness.
- 10-15 grams in decoction, crushed 12
- 6-15 grams in decoction 13
This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: