|Pharmaceutical Name:||Herba Epimedii|
|Botanical Name:||Epimedium koreanum Nakai
Epimedium sagittatum (Sieb. Et Zucc.) Maxim.
Epimedium brevicornum Maxim
Epimedium pubescens Maxim.
|Source of Earliest Record:||Haiyao Bencao|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The aerial part of the herb is gathered in spring and autumn, dried in the sun and cut into pieces.|
|Properties and Taste:||Pungent, sweet and warm|
|Meridian:||Liver and kidney|
|Functions:||To tonify the kidneys and strengthen yang
To expel wind and dampness
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Deficient kidney yang manifested as impotence, weakness of the lower back and knees and frequent urination.
*Use with Curculigo rhizome (Xianmao) and Prepared rehmannia root (Shudihuang).
2. Cold pain in the lower back and knees and numbness of limbs due to obstruction by invasion of wind-cold-damp.
*Use with Clematis root (Weilingxian), Eucommia bark (Duzhong) and Cinnamon twigs (Guizhi).
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated in cases with deficiency of yin with excessive fire.|