Botaical Name: Cuscutae Semen

Tu Si Zi

Tu Si Zi

Category: Tonify the Yang

Taste: Acrid, Sweet

Temperature: Neutral

Channels Entered: Kidney, Liver

Dosage: 6-15g

Key Characteristics: Warms the primal yang, nourishes the yin, secures the essence, tonifies the Kidneys, Liver, and Spleen without being cloying.

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Although this is a neutral herb, it leans toward tonifying the yang. For this reason it should not be used for fire from yin deficiency or in those with constipation and scanty, dark urine.

Actions & Indications:

  • Tonifies the yang, augments the yin, and secures the essence and the urine: for patterns of Kidney yang deficiency with such symptoms as impotence, nocturnal emissions, premature ejaculation, tinnitus, urinary frequency, sore painful back, or vaginal discharge.
  • Tonifies the Kidneys and Liver and improves the vision: for patterns of Liver and Kidney yin and yang deficiency (essence deficiency) with such symptoms as dizziness, tinnitus, blurred vision, or spots before the eyes.
  • Benefits the Spleen and Kidneys and stops diarrhea: for diarrhea or loose stools with a lack of appetite from deficiency of both the Spleen and Kidneys.
  • Calms the fetus: an important herb for habitual or threatened miscarriage.
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