Achyranthes ( 牛膝 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Radix Achyranthes Bidentatae
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Most often used in formulas that strengthen the back and knees (TCM: tonifies the Kidneys; reins in Liver Kmg; moves Blood and dampness);
for trauma, boils, painful or absent menses, and tendon and bone disruptions (TCM: for lower-body Blood stasis and stagnation);
for nosebleeds, bleeding gums, and toothaches (TCM: for deficient Yin with Blood heat);
for dizziness, headaches, or blurred vision (TCM: for deficient Yin with Blood heat and rising Liver Ytmg);
and may also be used for Kidney stones and painful urination with blood.
Traditional Usages and Functions
Invigorates Blood; expels congealed Blood; strengthens sinews and bones and benefits joints; clears damp heat in Lower Burner; induces downward movement of Blood.
Common Formulas Used In
Clematis and Stephania; Leonuris and Achyranthes; Tu-Huo and Eucommia.
Often used in a wine preparation for its tonifying actions. Cautions in Use: Do not use during pregnancy; with diarrhea from deficient Spleen; with excessive menstruation; or with leakage of sperm.