The TCM herb "dong chong xia cao" which in english is "chinese caterpillar fungus, cordyceps", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify yang" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and lung channels and exhibits sweet (gan) and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.
Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, dong chong xia cao is generally included in the following 1 formula:
As noted above, dong chong xia cao is within the herbs that tonify yang functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
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