Di Yu


Di Yu in TCM:

Explore the properties of Di Yu according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: sanguisorba, garden burnet root, long-leaf garden burnet root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Sanguisorbae
Properties: bitter, sour, cool

Temperature: cool

Channels: LI, ST, LV

Flavors: bitter, sour

Special Properties:
circulates blood, clears heat, eliminates toxins, stops bleeding

    Alternate Forms:
  • Tan- better to stop bleeding
  • Sheng- cool blood or generate flesh
  • Often made as a cream for burns; cream or wash for eczema, boils

Actions / Indications:
  • Cools blood; stop bleeding (bleeding hemorrhoids, blood in stool, bloody dysenteric disorder; especially for bleeding due to damp-heat in lower jiao, excessive uterine bleeding; also for epistaxis, hematemesis, hemoptysis)
  • Clears toxic heat; generates flesh (promotes generation of new flesh; topical use for burns; reduces oozing by holding fluids; boils, carbuncles, eczema)

    Special Notes:
  • Generally considered safe for topical use, but it is not recommended to apply to burns that have affected a large area of the skin surface because excessive absorption of the herb may cause hepatoxicity.

  • (cc: bleeding due to deficient cold)