Huang Yao Zi - Dioscorea Bulbifera Tuber

TCM Materia Medica

Huang Yao Zi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "huang yao zi" which in english is "dioscorea bulbifera tuber", is categorized within the "herbs that cool and transform phlegm heat" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, liver and lung channels and exhibits bitter (ku) and neutral (ping) 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:

  • Dosage: 6-15g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Dissipates nodules and reduces massage - goiter, cancer.
  • Cools the blood and stops bleeding - vomiting blood, coughing up blood, uterine bleeding.
  • Reduces toxicity of toxic swellings (topically).

As noted above, huang yao zi is within the herbs that cool and transform phlegm heat functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... used for phlegm-heat and dry-phlegm patterns - coughs, scrofula, goiters (stagnant phlegm-fire in the channel), convulsions. )".

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