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Wu Wei Zi

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Name: Schisandra (五味子)

Pinyin: Wu Wei Zi

Pharm. Name: Fructus Schisandrae 

Properties:

Taste

Characteristics

Organs

Dosage

Sour, Sweet, Acrid, Bitter, Salty

Astringe lung and intestines, secure essence, replenish qi and nourish kidney, promote the generation of fluid to relieve thirst, calm heart, and induce tranquilization.

Heart
Kidney
Lung
All 5 Zang

1.5-9g

 

Description:

It is an important herb for chronic cough and dyspnea of deficiency type due to lung and kidney deficiency. Because it is sour and sweet, it can astringe lung to relieve cough and dyspnea, tonify lung qi, and nourish kidney yin. For chronic cough due to lung deficiency, it could be decocted in plaster, or sliced singly, or combined with lung-astringing and cough-relieving herbs. For cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, and mental fatigue. For chronic diarrhea due to spleen deficiency, it is combined with herbs of tonifying spleen, draining dampness, warming the middle, and astringing intestines, such as Bai Zhu, Sha Ren, and Rou Dou Kou. It can tonify kidney, astringe essence and relieve emission, so it is a usual herb for seminal emission and spermatorrhea caused by the insecurity of the essence gate due to kidney deficiency. It is also good for curing Spontaneous sweating, night sweat, and Thirst due to fluid injury, diabetes.

 

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