Shu Di Huang

Shu Di Huang written in Chinese

Pinyin Name: Shu Di Huang

English Name: Radix Rehmanniae

Other Names: Rehmannia, Shu Di

Tastes: Sweet, Bitter

Origin: Henan and Zhejiang provinces in China

Benefits of Shu Di Huang:

Shu Di Huang is native to china. It is a processed rehmannia root. The rehmannia plant is a perennial herb, 10 to 40 cm in height. The whole plant is covered with off-white villus and glandular hairs. Thick root is succulent, in shapes of bulk, cylinder or spindle. Erect stems are single or with a few branches at the base.

Shu Di Huang covers meridians of liver and kidney. Main functions include enriching the blood, moistening, invigorating the essence, filling the marrow. Common uses and indications are sallow complexion due to deficient blood, dizziness, palpitations, irregular menstruation, profuse uterine bleeding, Yin-deficiency in liver and kidney, hot flashes and night sweats, nocturnal emission, impotence, infertility, soreness and weakness of waist and knees, tinnitus and deafness, dim eyesight, premature graying, diabetes, constipation, breathlessness caused by deficient kidney. Recommended dosage is from 10 to 30 grams.

Shu Di Huang is widely used in Chinese herbal formulas. 1) Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan is used to improve symptom management for premature graying due to essence-blood deficiency. Its ingredient herbs include Shu Di Huang, He Shou Wu, Niu Xi, Tu Si Zi and more. 2) Si Wu Tang is used to improve symptom management for blood-deficiency induced sallow complexion, dizziness, palpitations, insomnia, irregular menstruation. Its ingredient herbs include Shu Di Huang, Dang Gui, Bai Shao and Chuan Xiong.

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