Names Of Zhi Mu


Zhi Mu TCM Herb - Materia Medica

  • English Name: Anemarrhena Rhizome
  • Pinyin Name: Zhi Mu
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How Is Zhi Mu Categorized?

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Temperature - Taste

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Our Database Has 16 TCM Herbs In The Herbs That Drain Fire Category

How Is Zhi Mu Used Clinically?

Zhi Mu Usages and Indications

  • Clears heat, drains fire - high fever, irritability, thirst, and a rapid flooding pulse in patterns of excessive heat in the lungs and/or stomach; cough due to lung heat with thick yellow sputum.
  • Nourishes yin, moistens dryness - deficiency of lung and kidney yin, night sweats, steaming bone disorder, irritability, afternoon or low-grade fevers, bleeding gums, five-center heat; also for kidney heat signs - spermatorrhea, nocturnal emission, high sexual desire.
  • Generates fluids and clears heat - oral ulcers and inflammation due to yin deficiency, wasting and thirsting disorder.

Cautions and Contraindications

    • Avoid in patients with diarrhea from spleen deficiency.
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How Is Zhi Mu Prepared?

Dosage and Preparation Notes For Zhi Mu

  • Dosage: 6-12g

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Notes From Our Clinicians For Zhi Mu

Staff Clinical Notes

  • Ideal choice where heat has dried the yin fluid.
  • The herb may be fried in salt water to enhance the nourishing kidney function.
  • Often combined with tonifying/warming herbs when they may be too hot/drying (Huang Qi, Gui Zhi, Zhi Fu Zi, etc.).
  • Research has shown this herb to have antibacterial properties.

Formulas Which Generally Contain Zhi Mu

Our database contains 14 TCM Formulas where Zhi Mu is generally used












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