Mai Men Dong - Ophiopogon Tuber

TCM Materia Medica

Mai Men Dong TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "mai men dong" which in english is Mai Men Dong herb"ophiopogon tuber", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify yin" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, lung and stomach channels and exhibits bitter (ku), cold (han) and sweet (gan) 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:

  • Moistens the lungs, stops cough - dry cough, coughing blood.
  • Augments stomach yin, generates fluids - dry tongue and mouth.
  • Clears heat and eliminates irritability due to yin deficiency or a warm-febrile disease in the ying level - particularly when symptoms are worse at night.
  • Moistens the intestines - constipation.

Mai Men Dong may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: constipation and/or cough

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, mai men dong is generally included in the following 14 formulas:

  • Bai He Gu Jin Wan (Lily Bulb to Preserve the Metal) - General yin deficiency signs may present as night sweats, h…
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  • Geng Nian An Wan (Peaceful Menopause) - Menopause symtpoms including hot flashes, night sweats, moo…
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  • Gu Ben Wan (Replenish the Root Teapills) - Dryness from yin deficiency - dry skin, dry eyes, dry cough…
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  • Jiang Tang Wan (Lower Blood Sugar Pill) - Nourish the yin and tonify qi with particular emphasis on d…
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  • Mai Men Dong Yin Zi Wan (Ophiopogon and Trichosanthes Combination) - Lung and stomach yin deficiency - this is a modified versio…
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  • Qing Fei Wan (Clear The Lungs Decoction) - Clears heat and phlegm and replenishes lung yin - chronic…
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  • Qing Shu Yi Qi Tang Wan (Clear Summer Heat and Augment the Qi) - Please note that there are two formulas with the same name …
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  • Sha Shen Mai Dong Wan (Glehnia and Ophiopogonis Decoction) - Important formula for stomach yin deficiency - benefits the…
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  • Sheng Mai San Wan (Generate the Pulse Pills) - Respiratory issues from lung qi and yin deficiencies - chro…
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  • Tian Wang Bu Xin Wan (Emperor of Heavens Special Pill to Tonify the Heart) - Anxiety, insomnia, irritability, night sweats, hot flashes,…
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  • Wen Jing Wan (Warm the Menses Formula) - Irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, excessive uterine bleed…
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  • Xin Yi Qing Fei Wan (Magnolia Flower Drink To Clear The Lungs) - Colds and/or allergies with heat signs (yellow mucus and/or…
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  • Yi Guan Jian Wan (Linking Decoction) - GI issues from yin deficiency (liver and kidney) with liver…
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  • Yu Quan Wan (Jade Spring Pills) - Xiao Ke (wasting and thirsting syndrome), qi and yin defici…
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    As noted above, mai men dong is within the herbs that tonify yin functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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