INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Radix Panacis Quinquefolii
Common English: American Ginseng Root
Herbs that Tonify the Yin
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Sweet
Slightly Bitter
Cold
(Cool)
Heart
Kidney
Lung
(Stomach)
(Spleen)
2.4-10g cook separately in a double boiler
Tincture: 1-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Tonifies Qi, generates fluids, nurtures the Stomach and nourishes Yin

Qi, Yin and Body Fluid Deficiencies with Heat signs and chronic un-abating fever

Aftermath of a febrile disease with weakness, irritability and thirst

Benefits Lung Yin and clears Fire from the Lungs

Lung Qi and Yin Deficiencies with depleted Fluids and Blazing Deficiency Fire which impairs the the clearing and dispersing functions of the Lungs with long-term wheezing and coughing up of Blood-streaked sputum

Cough, hemoptysis and loss of voice due to Lung Yin Deficiency

Sedates Heat in the Intestines and stops bleeding

Heat in the Intestines with hematochezia due to Yin Deficiency
CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated for those with Cold-Dampness Obstructing the Middle.
  • Contraindicated for those with Fire from constraint.
  • Do not prepare in metal utensils.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
  • Incompatible with Rz. et Rx. Veratri Li Lu.
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS

Hb Dendrobii
Shi Hu
Rx. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu

Gypsum Fibrosum
Shi Gao
Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu

Rx. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong

Rx. Schisandrae
Wu Wei Zi

High fever, thirst, diarrhea and dehydration associated with Warm-Heat pathogen disease in which both the Qi and Fluids have been injured

Yang Ming Stage with concurrent Qi and Yin Deficiencies

High fever, thirst, diarrhea and dehydration associated with Warm-Heat pathogen disease in which both the Qi and Fluids have been injured

Yang Ming Stage with concurrent Qi and Yin Deficiencies

Lethargy, a faint pulse and thirst from extreme Fluid loss during a febrile disease

Rx. Asparagi
Tian Men Dong
Rz. Polygonati Odorati
Yu Zhu
(Rz. Anemarrhenae)
(Zhi Mu)
(Rz. Polygonati Odorati)
(Yu Zhu)

Arillus Longan
Long Yan Rou

Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Colla Corii Asini
E Jiao
Bul. Fritillariae
Bei Mu

Parched mouth and throat due to Yin Deficiency and exhaustion of Fluids

Steamed for hemafecia and Intestinal Heat

Wheezing, and coughing up blood streaked sputum from Blazing Fire due to Lung Yin Deficiency

Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Colla Corii Asini
E Jiao
Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen

Fol. Mori
Sang Ye
Sm. Armeniacae
Xing Ren
Fol. Eriobotryae
Pi Pa Ye

Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Colla Corii Asini
E Jiao
Bul. Fritillariae
Bei Mu

Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu

Chronic cough where Qi and Yin have been depleted with Deficiency Fire marked by a a hacking cough, or a barely productive cough with Blood-streaked sputum

A dry throat and hemoptysis from Dryness and Heat injuring the Lung Yin

Qi and Yin Deficiencies due to chronic disorders

Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi
Rx. Trichosanthis
Tian Hua Fen

Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Hb Dendrobii

Shi Hu
Rx. Schisandrae

Wu Wei Zi

Rz. Dioscoreae
Shan Yao
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Gypsum Fibrosum
Shi Gao
Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu

Yin and Qi Deficiencies

Yin Deficiency with Heat signs

Diabetes

Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi
Rz. Dioscoreae
Shan Yao
Rx. Trichosanthis
Tian Hua Fen

 

 

Thirst

 

 

  1. This herb is not as strong as Ginseng Ren Shen but is best for nourishing Yin especially of the Stomach and Lung.
  2. It disperses congealed mucus.
  3. It relieves Lung inflammation.
  4. It is the primary Western herb used in China.
  5. It is available wild or cultivated - wild is best for Qi, cultivated is fine for Heat.
  6. It is not usually used by Western herbalists and had limited use by the American Indians.
  7. Prepared with Ginger, it augments Qi and supports the normal Qi.
  8. It tonifies the Chong Mai and Du Mai as it brings Blood and Jing to the brain.
  9. It is a prime restorative to the adrenal cortex.
  10. Both Ren Shen and Rx. Panacis Quinquefolii Xi Yang Shen tonify Qi. Xi Yang Shen is sweet, slightly bitter and cooling. It also tonifies and augments the Blood aspect. It can be used to substitute for Ren Shen whenever one wants to tonify Qi without warming.
  11. Xi Yang Shen, Rx. Pseudostellariae Tai Zi Shen, Rx. Ginseng Ren Shen, and Rx. Codonopsis Dang Shen all tonify the primal Qi and generate Fluids. Tai Zi Shen is far weaker in effect, requiring a larger dose and its tonifying action is limited to the Lungs and Spleen. Dang Shen tonifies the Spleen Qi but not the primal Qi like Ren Shen, nor does it generate Fluids like Ren Shen and Tai Zi Shen. Xi Yang Shen is equal in strength to Ren Shen but is cooler and has a greater ability to generate Fluids. It is less appropriate when warm tonification is required. In mild cases of Qi and Yin Deficiencies, Tai Zi Shen can be substituted.