( 麦门冬 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Ophiopogonis ]aponici

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Mai Men Dong

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used



Slightly cold


Sweet, slightly bitter

Meridians Entered

Lungs, Stomach, Heart

Common Usages

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

Processing Required




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.

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