Botanical Name: Polygonati Rhizoma
Category: Tonify the Qi
Channels Entered: Kidney, Lung, Spleen
Key Characteristics: Tonifies the qi, nourishes the yin, and augments the essence.
Cautions & Contraindications:
- This is an enriching, cloying herb that can increase dampness and hinder the Stomach. It should not be used in those with clogged and stagnant phlegm or dampness, cold causing diarrhea, or abdominal distension due to qi stagnation.
Actions & Indications:
- Tonifies the Spleen qi and augments the Spleen yin: for Spleen and Stomach qi deficiency with lassitude, fatigue, and loss of appetite. Also for Spleen and Stomach yin deficiency with dry mouth, loss of appetite, loss of taste, dry stools, and a dry, red tongue.
- Enriches the yin and moistens the Lungs: for dry cough with little sputum production due to Lung qi and yin deficiency and cough due to consumption. Can be used for any type of cough where dryness is significant. Also used for exhaustion of Kidney essence with lower back pain, light-headedness, and weakness of the lower extremities along with wasting and thirsting disorder.