Dioscoria ( 山药 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Kidney, Lung, Spleen
This neutral herb is used in formulas as a tonic to treat most symptoms of chronic weakness, including chronic diarrhea, fatigue, leukorrhea, sperm leakage, spontaneous sweating, poor appetite, and asthma with dry cough; also can be applied locally for skin eruptions.
Traditional Usages and Functions
Tonifies and benefits Spleen and Stomach; benefits Lungs and nourishes Kidneys; nourishes base of body through digestive stabilization.
Common Formulas Used In
Anemarrhena, Phellodendron, and Rehmannia; Eight Immortal Long Life Pill; Ginseng and Atractylodes; Rehmannia and Dogwood Fruit; Rehmannia and Magnetitum; Rehmannia Eight; Rehmannia Six.
Cautions in Use
Do not use where there is a strong excess condition with dampness.