Dioscoria ( 山药 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Dioscoria Oppositae

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Shan Yao

Common English Name

Chinese Yam

Part of Plant Used






Meridians Entered

Kidney, Lung, Spleen

Common Usages

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.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use where there is a strong excess condition with dampness.

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