Fleeceflower root (Heshouwu)-Polygonum multiflorum Thunb

Fleeceflower root (Heshouwu)

Polygonum multiflorum Thunb.
Pharmaceutical Name: Radix Polygoni multiflori
Botanical Name: Polygonum multiflorum Thunb.
Common Name: Fleeceflower root
Source of Earliest Record: Kaibao Bencao
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations: The tuberous roots are dug in autumn or spring. They are cleaned, cut into slices and dried in the sun.
Properties & Taste: Bitter, sweet, astringent and slightly warm
Meridians: Liver and kidney
Functions: 1. To nourish blood and replenish essence; 2. To moisten the intestines and move stool; 3. To release toxins
Indications & Combinations:
1. Deficient blood syndrome manifested as sallow complexion, dizziness, vertigo, insomnia, early graying of hair and soreness and weakness in the lumbar region and knees. Fleeceflower root (Heshouwu) is used with Prepared rehmannia root (Shudihuang), Grossy privet fruit (Nuzhenzi), Wolfberry fruit (Gouqizi), Dadder seed (Tusizi) and Mulberry mistletoe (Sangjisheng).
2. Constipation due to dryness in the intestines. Fleeceflower root (Heshouwu) is used with Chinese angelica root (Danggui) and Hemp seed (Huomaren).
3. Chronic malaria due to weakness of the body. Fleeceflower root (Heshouwu) is used with Ginseng (Renshen) and Chinese angelica root (Danggui) in the formula He Ren Yin.
4. Scrofula. Fleeceflower root (Heshouwu) is used with Prunella spike (Xiakucao) and Tendrilled fritillary bulb (Chuanbeimu).
Dosage: 10-30 g
Cautions & Contraindications: This herb is contraindicated in cases with severe phlegm-damp or diarrhea.

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