Lindera root (Wuyao)
Pharmaceutical Name: Radix Linderae
Botanical Name: Lindera strychnifolia (Sieb. et Zucc.) Vill.
Common Name: Lindera root, Spicebush root
Source of Earliest Record: Bencao Shiyi
Part Used: The roots are dug in August. After the fibrous roots and bark have been removed, the roots are cut into slices and dried in the sun.
Natural Properties & Taste: Pungent and warm
Meridians: Lung, spleen, kidney and urinary bladder
1. To regulate qi and stop pain.
2. To warm the kidneys and dispel cold.
1. Cold and qi stagnation: a) manifested as stifling sensation in the chest and costal painLindera root (Wuyao) is used with Trichosanthes fruit (Gualou), Curcuma root (Yujin) and Bitter orange (Zhiqiao). b) manifested as epigastric and abdominal distension and painLindera root (Wuyao) is used with Costus root (Muxiang). c) manifested as painful swelling of testicles or scrotum, or hernia. Lindera root (Wuyao) is used with Fennel fruit (Xiaohuixiang) and Green tangerine peel (Qingpi) in the formula Tiantai Wuyao San. d) manifested as dysmenorrheaLindera root (Wuyao) is used with Cyperus tuber (Xiangfu), Chinese angelica root (Danggui) and Chuanxiong rhizome (Chuanxiong).
2. Kidney yang deficiency and deficiency and cold of the urinary bladder manifested as frequent urination and enuresis. Lindera root (Wuyao) is used with Bitter cardamom (Yizhiren) and Dioscorea (Shanyao) in the formula Suoquan Wan.
Dosage: 3-10 g