Curculigo rhizome (Xianmao)
Pharmaceutical Name: Rhizoma curculiginis
Botanical Name: Curculigo orchioides Gaertn.
Common Name: Curculigo rhizome, Golden-eye grass
Source of Earliest Record: Haiyao Bencao
Part Used: The rhizomes are dug in early spring. After the fibrous roots have been removed, the roots are dried in the sun and cut into slices.
Natural Properties & Taste: Pungent, hot and toxic
1. To warm the kidney and strengthen yang.
2. To dispel cold and dampness.
Weakness of kidney yang manifested as impotence, frigidity and cold pain in the lower back and knees due to obstruction by invasion of wind-cold dampness. Curculigo rhizome (Xianmao) is used with Epimedium (Yinyanghuo).
Dosage: 10-15 g (It can be used as decoction, pill or ointment.)
Cautions & Contraindications: This herb is contraindicated in cases with deficient yin and excessive fire.