Curculigo rhizome (Xianmao)-Curculigo orchioides Gaertn.

Curculigo rhizome (Xianmao)

Curculigo orchioides Gaertn.

Pharmaceutical Name: Rhizoma curculiginis
Botanical Name: Curculigo orchioides Gaertn.
Common Name: Curculigo rhizome, Golden-eye grass
Source of Earliest Record: Haiyao Bencao
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations: The rhizomes are dug in early spring. After the fibrous roots have been removed, the roots are dried in the sun and cut into slices.
Properties & Taste: Pungent, hot and toxic
Meridian: Kidney
Functions: 1. To warm the kidney and strengthen yang; 2. To dispel cold and dampness
Indications & Combinations:
1. Weakness of kidney yang manifested as impotence, frigidity and cold pain in the lower back and knees due to obstruction by invasion of wind-cold dampness. Curculigo rhizome (Xianmao) is used with Epimedium (Yinyanghuo).
Dosage: 10-15 g (It can be used as decoction, pill or ointment.)
Cautions & Contraindications: This herb is contraindicated in cases with deficient yin and excessive fire.

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