Botanical Name: Epimedii Herba
Category: Tonify the Yang
Taste: Acrid, Sweet
Channels Entered: Kidney, Liver
Key Characteristics: Tonifies the Kidney yang and the fire at the gate of vitality, and disperses wind-dampness.
Cautions & Contraindications:
- Contraindicated in those with fire from yin deficiency.
- This herb should not be taken as a decoction over a long period of time, as it can injure the yin.
Actions & Indications:
- Tonifies the Kidneys and fortifies the yang: for patterns of Kidney yang deficiency with such symptoms as impotence, infertility, urinary frequency, forgetfulness, withdrawal, and painful cold lower back and knees.
- Dispels wind-cold-dampness and warms and unblocks the flow of yang qi: for wind-cold-damp painful obstruction with such symptoms as spasms or cramps in the hands and feet, joint pain, and numbness in the extremities. Also used for the contractures, numbness, or hemiplegia following wind-stroke.