Theory

Shan Yao Chinese Yam - Chinese Herbal Medicine


Shan Yao Names

  • English Name: Chinese Yam
  • Pinyin Name: Shan Yao

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Shan Yao Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Tonify the spleen and stomach qi - diarrhea, fatigue, spontaneous sweating, lack of appetite.
  • Tonify the lung qi and yin - chronic cough/wheezing.
  • Strengthen the kidney yin and yang - not hot nor cold, benefits both yin and yang, xiao ke, also binds the jing - spermatorrhea, vaginal discharge, frequent urination.


Shan Yao Dosage and Prep Notes

  • Dosage: 9-30g




Shan Yao Appears In 13 Formulas

Bu Yang Huan Wu Tang Wan

  • Great Yang Restoration Pills
    • Fatigue, weakness, with pale complexion due to chronic qi and blood deficiency.
    • Hemiplegia, slurred speech or involuntary muscle control due to blockage of the channels and collaterals.
  • Invigorate the Blood
  • Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis
  • Cautions
  • Do not use for patients with liver wind or severe yin deficiency.

Da Bu Gan Wan

  • Major Liver Nutrition Pills
    • Brittle nails, yellowing of the skin (jaundice).
    • Abdominal cramping, distension or pain in the hypochrondia due to liver qi stangation
    • Fatty liver, hepatitis and other liver diseases. 
  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen

Er Long Zuo Ci Wan

  • Deafness Left Supporting Pills
    • Ringing in the ears/tinnitus.
    • Unblocks the ears - useful for diminished hearing or temporary hearing loss.
    • Red/dry eyes with blurry vision.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin

Jian Pi Wan

  • Strengthen Spleen Pills
    • For stomach and spleen qi deficiency with dampness that has potentially generated mild interior-heat - diarrhea, abdominal pain, poor appetite, epigastric pain.
    • May be used in early pregnancy for more deficient patients particularly with a tendency towards miscarriage.
    • May be used with pediatric patients for poor appetite and looser stools.
  • Reduce Food Stagnation

Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan

  • Kidney Qi Pill from the Golden Cabinet
    • Lethargy, low libedo, frequent urination with possible incontinence resulting from kidney yang deficiency.
    • Sensation of cold, especially in the lower half.
  • Tonify
  • Warm and Tonify the Yang
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Avoid during pregnancy.
    • Avoid during a cold or flu, use nothing, or yin qiao / gan mao ling instead.
    • Avoid with patients that present with yin deficiency.

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan

  • Six Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia
    • Dizziness, tinnitus, possibly vertigo as a result of kidney and liver yin deficiency.
    • Insomnia especially with night sweats, hot flashes, irritibility.
    • Spontaneous/nocturnal emissions. 
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution in patients that present with spleen qi deficiency.

Ming Mu Di Huang Wan

  • Rehmannia Pills to Brighten the Eyes
    • Blurry vision, floaters, possibly with dryness of the eyes as a result of the liver yin failing to nourish the eyes and kidney yin failing to brighten the vision.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin

Qi Ju Di Huang Wan

  • Lycii Chrysanthemum Teapills
    • Yin deficiency symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, night sweats, hot flashes, heat in the soles and dryness.
    • Blurry vision, possibly with dry eyes.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin

Qian Lie Shu Wan

  • Prostate Comfort Pills
    • Frequent and/or urgent urination, dribbling, incontinence. 
    • Treats Lin Syndrome conditions.
  • Stabilize and Bind
  • Stabilize the Kidneys
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution if patient presents with UTI.

Shen Ling Bai Zhu Wan

  • Ginseng, Poria & Atractylodes Pills
    • Diarrhea, loose stools, or mucus/greasy stools from damp accumulation in the spleen/stomach.
    • Borborygmus, low appetite, fatigue, and/or pale complexion resulting from spleen qi deficiency.
    • Colitis, IBS, gastritis, and other types of gastro intenstinal disorders where the predominant TCM pattern is spleen qi deficiency and damp accumulation.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution during pregnancy.
    • Use with caution with patients that present with yin deficiency. 

Wu Ji Bai Feng Wan

Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan

  • Eight Flavor Rehmannia Teapills
    • Steaming bone syndrome - dry and intensive persuasive sensation of heat possibly with flushing and tidal fever.
    • Dizziness, vertigo, tinnitis, anxiety and restlessness resulting from yin deficiency.
    • Dryness of the skin, mucus membranes, hard stools, dark or scanty urine.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution with patients presenting with damp signs or spleen qi deficiency.

Zuo Gui Wan

  • Right Returning Pills
    • Infertility, low libedo, impotence due to kidney yin deficiency.
    • Low sperm count, abnormal sperm morphology resulting from jing deficiency.
    • Irregular menstruation, vaginal dryness.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin



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