Cornu Cervi ( 鹿茸 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Cornu Cervi Parvum

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Lu Rong

Common English Name

Velvet of Young Deer Horn

Part of Plant Used

Velvet of the horn




Sweet, salty

Meridians Entered

Liver, Kidneys

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat anemia after chronic disease, impotence, and weakness of back and knees with cold intolerance; also used to treat children for failure to thrive, mental retardation, learning disabilities, and skeletal deformities (TCM: deficient :Yang, deficient Blood, and deficient Kidney Yang; deficient Essence).

Traditional Usages and Functions

Tonifies Kidneys and fortifies Yang; tonifies the Governing Channel, benefits Essence and Blood, and strengthens sinews and bones; bolsters the Penetrating and Conception Channels and strengthens the Girdle Channel; tonifies and nourishes Qi and Blood.

Common Formulas Used In

Tian Qi and Eucommia.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use this herb when there is a strong Yin deficiency or heat signs caused by Yin deficiency.

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