Botanical Name: Dendrobii Herba
Category: Tonify the Yin
Taste: Sweet, Slightly Salty, Bland
Temperature: Slightly Cold
Channels Entered: Kidney, Stomach
Cautions & Contraindications:
- This herb can have the effect of retaining pathogens and aiding dampness, and therefore should not be used in the early stages of a warm pathogen disease, especially damp-warmth that has not yet transformed into dry-heat. It is also contraindicated in those with loose stools due to Spleen deficiency or those with a thick, greasy tongue coat.
Actions & Indications:
- Nourishes the yin, clears heat, and generates fluids: for parched mouth, severe thirst, or intractable fever associated with yin deficiency. This most commonly occurs when the fluids are injured in the course of a warm pathogen disease, but it can also occur for other reasons.
- Enriches the Kidney yin and reduces heat from deficiency: for heat from yin deficiency and depleted fluids with a recalcitrant low-grade fever, dry and painful throat, and a red tongue with no coating.
- Tonifies the Kidneys, augments the essence, and brightens the vision: for diminished visual acuity, dizziness, and weakness of the lower back and legs associated with Kidney and Liver deficiency.