Fleece-flower Root (Heshouwu)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Radix Polygoni Multiflori|
|Botanical Name:||Polygonum Multiflorum Thunb.|
|Common Name:||Fleeceflower root, Fo-ti root, Chinese Foxglove root|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Kaibao Bencao|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The tuberous roots are dug in autumn or spring. They are cleaned, cut into slices and dried in the sun.|
|Properties and Taste:||Bitter, sweet, astringent, and slightly warm|
|Meridian:||Liver and kidney|
|Functions:||To nourish blood and replenish essence
To moisten the intestines and move stool
To release toxins
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Deficient blood syndrome manifested as sallow complexion, dizziness, vertigo, insomnia, early graying of hair and soreness and weakness in the lumbar region and knees.
*Use with Prepared Rehmannia root (Shudihuang), Grossy privet fruit (Nuzhenzi), Wolfberry fruit (Gouqizi), Dadder seed (Tusizi) and Mulberry mistletoe (Sangjisheng).
2. Constipation due to dryness in the intestines.
*Use with Chinese angelica root (Danggui) and Hemp seed (Huomaren).
3. Chronic malaria due to weakness of the body.
*Use with Ginseng (Renshen) and Chinese angelica root (Danggui) in the formula He Ren Yin.
*Use with Prunella spike (Xiakucao) and Tendrilled fritillary bulb (Chuanbeimu).
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated in cases with severe phlegm-damp or diarrhea.|