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Mai Men Dong (Ophiopogon Tuber)

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Slightly Cold Mai Men Dong (Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici)
Channels:
SP, ST, HT (LU)
Properties:
Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Slightly Cold
Latin:
Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici
Chinese:
麦门冬
Tone Marks:
mài mén dōng
Alt Names:
Mai Dong, Cun Dong, Da Mai Dong
Translation:
Lush Winter Wheat

Actions

  • 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

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • None Noted.

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.

Dosage

  • 10-15 grams in decoction, crushed 12
  • 6-15 grams in decoction 13

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