Curculigo Rhizome (Xian Mao)

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

Meridians: Kidney

Therapeutic Effects:
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.

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