Mai Men Dong (Ophiopogon Tuber)

Mai Men Dong (Ophiopogon Tuber)

Herb 7 of 15 in Herbs that Tonify Yin

Slightly Cold Mai Men Dong (Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici)
Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Slightly Cold
Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici
Tone Marks:
mài mén dōng
Alt Names:
Mai Dong, Cun Dong, Da Mai Dong
Lush Winter Wheat
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Chinese Herb 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

Chinese Herb Contraindications & 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.

Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • No toxicity noted
  • Possible allergic reactions include nausea, vomiting, nervousness, agitation, tingling abdominal pain, and pruritus along with delirium and loss of consiousness.
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Chinese Herb Dosage

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

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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