Homalomena rhizome (Qiannianjian)
Pharmaceutical Name: Rhizoma Homalomenae
Botanical Name: Homalomena occulta (Lour.) Schott
Common Name: Homalomena rhizome
Source of Earliest Record: Bencao Gangmu Shiyi
Part Used: The rhizomes are dug in spring or autumn. After the fibrous roots have been removed, the rhizomes are cleaned, dried in the sun and cut into slices.
Natural Properties & Taste: Bitter, pungent and warm
Meridians: Liver and kidney
1. To dispel wind and dampness.
2. To strengthen tendons and bones.
Indications & Combinations: Wind-damp obstruction syndrome manifested as cold sensation and pain in the lower back and knees and spasms or numbness of the lower limbs. Homalomena rhizome (Qiannianjian) is soaked in wine with Tiger’s bone (Hugu), Cyathula root (Niuxi) and Wolfberry fruit (Gouqizi).
Dosage: 5-10 g