Dadder Seed (Tusizi)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Semen Cuscutae|
|Botanical Name:||Cuscuta chinensis Lam.
Cuscuta japonica Choisy
|Common Name:||Dadder seed, Cuscuta seed|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The ripe seeds are collected in autumn, and then they are dried in the sun or boiled.|
|Properties and Taste:||Pungent, sweet and neutral|
|Meridian:||Liver and kidney|
|Functions:||To tonify kidneys and control essence
To nourish liver and brighten the eyes
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Deficient kidneys manifested as impotence, nocturnal emissions, premature ejaculation, lower back pain or leukorrhagia.
*Use with Eucommia bark (Duzhong), Dioscorea (Shanyao) and Cibot rhizome (Gouji) for lower back pain or leukorrhagia; Dadder seed (Tusizi) is used with Schisandra fruit (Wuweizi), Cnidium fruit (Shechuangzi), Flattened milkvetch seed (Shayuanzi) and Grossy privet fruit (Nuzhenzi) for impotence.
2. Diarrhea due to deficient spleen.
*Use with Pilose asiabell root (Dangshen), White atractylodes (Baizhu) and Dioscorea (Shanyao).
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated in cases with deficiency of yin with excessive fire, constipation, and red, scanty urine.|