Flattened Milkvetch Seed (Shayuanzi)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Semen Astragali complanati (Leguminosae)|
|Botanical Name:||Astragalus complanatus R. Br.|
|Common Name:||Flatstem Milkvetch seed|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Bencao Yanyi|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The ripe seeds are collected in late autumn or early winter. The seeds are then fried with salt water.|
|Properties and Taste:||Sweet and warm|
|Meridian:||Liver and kidney|
|Functions:||To tonify the kidneys and control essence
To nourish the liver and brighten the eyes
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Deficient kidneys manifested as impotence, seminal emissions, premature ejaculation or leukorrhea.
*Use with Dragon’s bone (Longgu), Oyster shell (Muli) and Euryale seed (Qianshi).
2. Blurred vision due to deficiency of liver blood.
*Use with Dadder seed (Tusizi), Chrysanthemum flower (Juhua), Wolfberry fruit (Gouqizi) and Grossy privet fruit (Nuzhenzi).
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated in cases with deficiency of yin with excessive fire, as well as dysuria.|