INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Herba Epimedii
Common English: Epimedium
Horny Goat Weed Leaf
Yang Tonics
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Acrid
Sweet
Warm
Kidney
Liver
3-15g
Tincture: 2-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Tonifies the Kidneys, strengthens Yang and increases the libido

Kidney Yang Deficiency with impotence, infertility, urinary frequency, forgetfulness, withdrawal and painful, Cold lower back and knees

Dispels Wind-Cold-Dampness and warms and unblocks the flow of Yang Qi (Strengthens the sinews and bones)

Wind-Cold-Damp Bi with spasms, or cramps in the hands and feet, joint pain and numbness in the extremities

Contractures, numbness or hemiplegia following Wind-Stroke

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated for Yin Deficiency with Heat signs.
  • Contraindicated for Yin Deficiency with spermatorrhea or persistent erections.
  • Contraindicated for signs of Dryness
  • Don’t take over long periods. It can damage Yin leading to dizziness, vomiting, dry mouth, thirst and epistaxis.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS

Rx. Dioscoreae
Shan Yao

Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang
Plastri Colla Testudinis
Gui Ban Jiao
Placenta Hominis
Zi He Che

Rz. Curculiginis
Xian Mao
Cx. Phellodendri
Huang Bai
Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu

Enhances its functions.

Impotence with cold lower back and legs due to Kidney Yang Deficiency.

Menopausal symptoms; e.g. pale face, low back pain, nocturia, menstrual irregularity, dizziness due to Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency with Liver Yang Rising.

Liver Yang Rising symptoms in men.

Fr. Schisandrae
Wu Wei Zi
Fr. Lycii
Gou Qi Zi
Sm. Astragali Complanati
Sha Yuan Zi

Hb. Taxilli
Sang Ji Sheng

 

Rz. seu Rx. Notopterygii
Qiang Huo
Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Rx. Aconiti Lateralis Preparata
Zhi Fu Zi
(Rx. Angelicae Pubescentis)
(Du Huo)
(Cx. Acanthopanacis)
(Wu Jia Pi )

Deficient Kidney impotence and infertility.

Painful obstructions - especially paralysis and pain of the lower extremities or muscular contractions and numbness of the extremities.

Wind-Cold-Damp Bi with joint pain and difficult movement.

Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang
Fr. Corni
Shan Zhu Yu
Poria
Fu Ling
Rx. Dioscoreae
Shan Yao
Rx. Aconiti Lateralis Preparata
Zhi Fu Zi
Cx. Cinnamomi
Rou Gui
Rx. Morindae Officinalis
Ba Ji Tian
Hb. Cistanches
Rou Cong Rong
Rx. Cyathulae
Chuan Niu Xi
Rx. Dipsaci
Xu Duan
Cx. Eucommiae
Du Zhong

Fr. Corni
Shan Zhu Yu
Fr. Tritici Levis
Fu Xiao Mai
Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang
Hb. Cistanches
Rou Cong Rong
Fr. Lycii
Gou Qi Zi
Rx. Morindae Officinalis
Ba Ji Tian
Actinolitum
Yang Qi Shi

Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Rx. Angelicae Pubescentis
Du Huo
Cx. Acanthopanacis
Wu Jia Pi

Myelanalosis or myelitis with weakness of the lower extremities or lower body paralysis with urinary and bowel incontinence.

As a tincture (soak Yin Yang Huo in grain-based liquor) or pill for impotence.

Post-stroke hemiplegia.

Rz. Curculiginis
Xian Mao

 

 

Accentuates the effects of the herb.

Menopausal hypertension.

Chills, impotence with cold sperm, cold extremities and infertility.

 

 

  1. Strong and fast acting, it shows effects shortly after use.
  2. Often used with Rz. Curculiginis Xian Mao.
  3. It relieves inflammation.
  4. It is main component for treatment of menopausal hypertension.
  5. It counteracts immune suppressing effects of prednisone.
  6. It is useful for sports injuries with spasms or fractures.
  7. its edges are highly toxic so are trimmed off.
  8. Some sources say that it resolves Phlegm and stops wheezing.
  9. It can be used as a wash fir sores around the genitals. For chronic numbness and pain in the extremities, soak this herb in grain-based liquor for at least four months, then drink a small amount of the tincture daily.
  10. It is known to assist memory and resolve and treat old-age confusion and middle-age forgetfulness.
  11. Some sources say that this herb tonifies Yin and Yang and restrains Ascendant Liver Yang to treat Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency with Liver Yang Rising.
  12. Yin Yang Huo, Rz. Curculiginis Xian Mao and Rx. Morindae Ba Ji Tian all reinforce the Kidney Yang, strengthen the sinews and bones and expel Wind-Dampness. Xian Mao is the hottest and most acrid and strongly expels Cold-Dampness but its slight toxicity makes it appropriate only for short term use. Ba Ji Tian is acrid, sweet and only slightly warming with a soft, moistening quality that tonifies Yang without being overly dry or cloying. It also augment Jing. Yin Yang Huo is warmer and more markedly strengthens Ming Men Fire, while strongly dispersing Wind-Dampness and unblocking Bi.
  13. Dry-fried Epimedium Chao Yin Yang Huo has an enhanced ability to tonify Yang and expel Wind-Dampness.
  14. Wine-fried Epimedium Jiu Chao Yin Yang Huo has an enhanced ability to expel Wind-Dampness.
  15. Prepared Epimedium Zhi Yin Yang Huo has an enhanced ability to warm Kidney Yang without injuring the Yin.
  16. This herb is an essential herb in many longevity formulas from China's past.
  17. It tonifies the Du and Yin Qiao channels.