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Shu Di Huang

Shu Di Huang
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Naming

Shu Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Preparata)——Bai Hua She She Cao (Herba Oldenlandiae)

  1. 熟地黃
  2. Shu Di
  3. 熟地
  4. 熟地黄
  5. Radix Rehmanniae Preparata

The Processing of Shu Di Huang

Origin

The root of the herbaceous plants Rehmannia glutinosa Libosch of family Figwort, steamed and dried in the sun.

Location

Henan and Zhejiang provinces in China.

Harvest

Plucked in late autumn.

Best quality

Bright black, soft and moist, strong sweet in flavor.

Processing

Baked or dried in the sun, then mixed with millet wine, steamed to black, taken out ro dry in the sun, sliced.

The Effect of Shu Di Huang

Property

Sweet, slightly warm; kidney and liver meridians entered.

Actions

Tonify blood, nourish yin of liver and kidney, supplement essence.

Indications

A. Blood deficiency syndrome

Being with the action of tonifying blood, it is an important blood tonic and widely indicated for various blood deficiency syndromes, especially for both essence (yin) and blood insufficiency. It is combined with Dang Gui in mutual reinforcement. For sallow complexion, vertigo, palpitation and irregular menstruation, it is combined with Dang Gui, Chuan Xiong, and Bai Shao in the formula Si Wu Tang from Tai Ping Hui Min He Ji Ju Fang. For qi and blood deficiency, mental fatigue, lusterless complexion, it is usually combined with qi tonics. For instance, it is used with Ren Shen in Liang Yi Gao from Jing Yue Quan Shu.

B. Deficiency of liver-kidney yin

Being with action of nourishing yin of liver and kidney, especially skilled in nourishing kidney yin, it is known as the key herb for treating syndrome of kidney yin deficiency. For soreness and limpness in lumbar and knees, tinnitus, deafness, red tongue with little coating due to liver and kidney yin deficiency, or bone-steaming, tidal fever, hot sensation in palms due to effulgent fire caused by yin deficiency, it is usually combined with kidney-yin-nourishing and heat-clearing herbs, for instance, it is used with Shan Zhu Yu, Ze Xie in Liu Wei Di Huang Wan from Xiao Er Yao Zheng Zhi Jue.

C. Syndrome of both essence and blood deficiency

It can nourish essence ancl blood. For soreness and limpness of lumbar and knees, early white of beard and hair, hypoevolutism of infants and children due to deficiency of both essence and blood, it is usually combined wirh kidney-yin-nourishing and essence-supplementing herbs, for instance, such as He Shou Wu, and Tu Si Zi.

Dosage and Administrations

Decoct 10~30 g.

Cautions

It should be used with cautions for spleen and stomach deficiency, loose stool due to fullness in abdomen and qi stagnation with excessive phlegm because it is greasy and will produce indigestion.