Shu Di Huang (Rehmannia, Chinese Foxglove Root) - Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Name: Shu Di Huang
English Name: Rehmannia, Chinese Foxglove Root

Clinical Usage and Indications

  • This is the root of Sheng Di Huang (steamed and dried, or soaked in red wine and dried).
  • Tonify blood for blood deficiency with dizziness, pallid complexion, palpitations, insomnia, irregular menses, uterine bleeding, post partum bleeding.
  • Nourish yin - kidney yin deficiency with nightsweats, xiao ke, steaming bone disorder, nocturnal emissions.

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Dosage and Preparation Notes

  • Dosage: 9-30g
  • Charred if used to stop bleeding.

Channels/Meridians Influenced

Associated Temperature and Taste

Cautions and Contraindications

There are currently no contraindications listed.

Staff Clinician Notes

There are no additional notes for this herb.

Herbal Formulas Which Include This Herb

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  • An Shen Bu Xin Wan

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  • Ba Zhen Wan

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    Pale complexion, fatigue, low stamina, light headedness, vertigo, palpitations (may be frequent), anxiety, poor appetite, reduced energy for speaking.

    The Pulse will be thin and frail or large and weak and the Tongue will be pale with a white coat.


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  • Bai He Gu Jin Wan

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    For lung and kidney yin deficiency with signs such as dry cough, possibly with blood streaked sputum, dry and sore throat, heat in the five palms, nightsweats, wheezing.

    The Pulse will be thin and rapid and the Tongue will be red with little coating.


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  • Da Bu Yin Wan

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    Yin deficiency leading to rising fire - mallor flush, heat in the afternoon/evenings, night sweats, irritability, anxiety, steaming bone disorder, spontaneous emissions.

    The Pulse will be rapid and forceful in the kidney positions and the Tongue will be red with little coating.


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  • Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan

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  • Liu Wei Di Huang Wan

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    Classic formula for yin deficiency of the kidney and liver - vertigo, tinnitus, poor hearing, night sweats, heat in the five palms (hands, feet, a/or chest), spontaneous seminal emissions (a/or nocturnal), weak low back, light headedness.

    The Pulse will be rapid and thin and the Tongue will be red with little (or no) coating.


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  • Ming Mu Di Huang Wan

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  • Nuan Gong Yun Zi Wan

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  • You Gui Wan

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    Signs of Kidney Yang deficiency - cold extremities, fatigue, impotence, weak/aching low back, knees, waist, aversion to cold, infertility, loose stools, incontinence or other urinary issues (frequent, difficult to restrain), edema in the lower body.

    The Pulse will be weak and the Tongue will be be pale with a thin white moist coat.


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  • Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan

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