( 麦门冬 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Mai Men Dong
Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Sweet, slightly bitter
Lungs, Stomach, Heart
This herb is used in formulas to treat constipation, thick sputum-sometimes tinged with blood, scanty urine, thirst, dry throat, mouth sores, symptoms of diabetic imbalance, restlessness, and chronic bronchitis (TCM: interior dryness and Yin deficiency, especially in Lungs, Heart, and Intestines).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Nourishes Yin and clears heat; moistens Lungs and stops coughing; moistens Intestines.
Common Formulas Used In
Eight Immortal Long Life Pill; Ginseng and Zizyphus
Cautions in Use
Do not use where there is cold-deficient diarrhea with a sensation of coldness in the abdomen, or where there are symptoms of congested fluids such as bloating and indigestion with a feeling of fullness.