Alpina (澤瀉) ... Chinese Herb ...
Latin Plant Name: Alpiniae Oxyphyllae
Pinyin Mandarin Name: Yi Zhi Ren
Common English Name: Black Cardamom
Part of Plant Used: Fruit
Meridians Entered: Spleen, Kidneys
Common Usages: Most often used in formulas to improve digestion and treat diarrhea (TCM: strengthens Ytmg of Spleen and Stomach and treats cold imbalances); also used for night urination and sperm leakage; frequent urination, drooling, and abdominal pain (TCM: treats Ytmg deficiency with symptoms of core coldness and inability to get warm; builds Kidney Ytmg and helps body retain or astringe fluids; calms the spirit).
Traditional Usages and Functions: Warms the Kidneys; retains Essence and holds in urine; warms the Spleen; stops diarrhea.
Common Formulas Used In: Hoelen and Polyporus.
Cautions in Use: Do not use in cases of sperm leakage or leukorrhea with strong signs of heat.