Pharmaceutical Latin: Semen Trigonellae
Common English: Fenugreek Seed
Herbs that Tonify the Yang
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Tincture: 1-3ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Warms the Kidneys, disperses Dampness and alleviates pain

Kidney Yang Deficiency with Accumulation of Cold or Stagnant Qi with abdominal or flank distention and pain or bulging disorders

Cold-Damp Leg Qi

  • Contraindicated for those with Yin Deficiency with Heat signs.
  • Contraindicated for those with Damp-Heat.
  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.

Rx. Aconiti Lateralis Preparata
Zhi Fu Zi
Fr. Psoraliae
Bu Gu Zhi

Fr. Foeniculi
Xiao Hui Xiang
Fr. Evodiae
Wu Zhu Yu

Fr. Chaenomelis
Mu Gua
Caulis Spatholobi
Ji Xue Teng
Fr. Psoraliae
Bu Gu Zhi

Pain and Cold sensations in the lower abdomen, lower extremities, and lower back.

Cold Deficient bulging disorders in the abdomen and testicles or, in extreme cases, contraction of the scrotum and a localized sensation of iciness.


Cold-Damp Leg Qi - soreness and swelling of the legs; sensations of heaviness, Cold and pain exacerbated by Cold; a deep slow pulse; and a white greasy tongue coat.

Fr. Rubi
Fu Pen Zi
Rz. Polygonati
Huang Jing

Fr. Foeniculi
Xiao Hui Xiang

Rx. Aconiti Lateralis Preparata
Zhi Fu Zi
Fr. Evodiae
Wu Zhu Yu

Spermatorrhea, back pain, and decreased sexual function from Deficient Kidneys.

Cold-type bulging disorders and abdominal distention due to Cold.

Cold dysmenorrhea with painful abdominal distention.

Kidney Yang Deficiency with coldness, characterized by hypochondriac fullness and pain.

Fr. Evodiae
Wu Zhu Yu
Rx. Aconiti Preparata
Zhi Chuan Wu
Fr. Foeniculi
Xiao Hui Xiang
Grain-Based Alcohol



Gas in the Intestines.

Colicky pain.

Feelings of genital prolapse.



  1. This is an herb of the Right Kidney and the Ming Men.
  2. Both Hu Lu Ba and Fr. Foeniculi Xiao Hui Xiang are aromatic, warm, expel Lower Jiao Cold and treat bulging disorders and are often used together. Xiao Hui Xiang enters the Middle Jiao to enhance appetite, settle nausea and alleviate abdominal pain and distention and enters the Lower Jiao to warm and treat all types of bulging disorders. It can be excessively drying in large doses. Hu Lu Ba is limited to the Lower Jiao and is basically a strongly warming Yang tonic with a mild aroma that drives out lurking Cold Qi accumulated in the Lower Jiao.
  3. Hu Lu Ba, Rx. Aconiti Lateralis Preparata Zhi Fu Zi and Rx. Curculiginis Xian Mao all warm Kidney Yang. Hu Lu Ba is the mildest.
  4. This herb has shown anti-tumoral activity, especially in cervical and liver cancer.
  5. Dry-fried Fenugreek Seed Chao Hu Lu Ba is somewhat less bitter and drying and somewhat more tonifying of the Kidney Yang, while still resolving Dampness. It is less able to expel Wind-Dampness and is appropriate for treating Deficiency Cold of the Kidneys with fullness and distention in the abdomen and ribs.
  6. Salt-prepared Fenugreek Seed Yan Chao Hu Lu Ba directly enters the Kidneys, enhancing the Yang tonification property. It is used to treat testicular pain from Cold-type bulging disorders, impotence, lower backache due to Kidney Yang Deficiency and dysmenorrhea.