Zhi Mu


Zhi Mu in TCM:

Explore the properties of Zhi Mu according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: anemarrhena, common anemarrhena rhizome
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Anemarrhenae
Properties: bitter, sweet, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: LU, ST, KD

Flavors: sweet, bitter
Tonifies: yin

Special Properties:
clears heat, resolves phlegm, clears deficent heat

Actions / Indications:
  • Clears heat, drains fire (relieves irritability; qi level or yangming meridian fire: LU / ST)
  • Clears heat from LU (cough w/ thick yellow sputum)
  • Nourishes KD Yin; clears deficient heat (KD yin deficiency with heat: nocturnal emissions, spermatorrhea, abnormally elevated sex drive, night sweating)
  • Generates Fluid, moistens dryness (xiao ke; constipation with dry intestines; nourishes yin)
  • (cc: diarrhea due to SP deficiency)

    Special Notes:
  • Zhi Mu and Shi Gao are often used synergistically to clear fire and preserve yin.


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