Bitter Cardamom (Yizhiren)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Fructus Alpiniae oxyphyllae|
|Botanical Name:||Alpinia oxyphylla Miq.|
|Common Name:||Black cardamom
|Source of Earliest Record:||Bencao Shiyi|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The fruit is gathered in summer. It is dried in the sun, fried with sand and peeled.|
|Properties and Taste:||Pungent and warm|
|Meridian:||Spleen and kidney|
|Functions:||To warm and tonify the spleen and kidneys
To prevent emissions and stop diarrhea
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Invasion of cold in the spleen and kidneys manifested as abdominal pain and vomiting.
*Use with Pilose asiabell root (Dangshen), White atractylodes (Baizhu) and Dried ginger (Ganjiang).
2. Kidney deficiency manifested as enuresis and seminal emissions.
*Use with Dioscorea (Shanyao) and Lindera root (Wuyao) in the formula Suoquan Wan.
3. Diarrhea and excessive salivation due to spleen deficiency.
*Use with Poria (Fuling), Dioscorea (Shanyao), Pilose asiabell root (Dangshen) Pinellia tuber (Banxia).
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated in cases with deficiency of yin with excessive fire, seminal emissions, frequent urination and uterine bleeding caused by heat.|