Shan Yao - Chinese Yam

TCM Materia Medica

Shan Yao TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "shan yao" which in english is Shan Yao herb"chinese yam", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify qi" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney, lung and spleen channels and exhibits neutral (ping) 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: 9-30g

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

  • Tonify the spleen and stomach qi - diarrhea, fatigue, spontaneous sweating, lack of appetite.
  • Tonify the lung qi and yin - chronic cough/wheezing.
  • Strengthen the kidney yin and yang - not hot nor cold, benefits both yin and yang, xiao ke, also binds the jing - spermatorrhea, vaginal discharge, frequent urination.

Shan Yao may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: cough, diarrhea, fatigue, spermatorrhea and/or sweat problems

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, shan yao is generally included in the following 16 formulas:

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  • Da Bu Gan Wan (Major Liver Nutrition Pills) - Brittle nails, yellowing of the skin (jaundice). Abdominal…
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  • Er Long Zuo Ci Wan (Deafness Left Supporting Pills) - Ringing in the ears/tinnitus. Unblocks the ears - useful f…
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  • Jian Pi Wan (Strengthen Spleen Pills) - For stomach and spleen qi deficiency with dampness that has…
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  • Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan (Kidney Qi Pill from the Golden Cabinet) - Lethargy, low libedo, frequent urination with possible inco…
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  • Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (Six Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia) - Dizziness, tinnitus, possibly vertigo as a result of kidn…
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  • Ming Mu Di Huang Wan (Rehmannia Pills to Brighten the Eyes) - Blurry vision, floaters, possibly with dryness of the eyes …
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  • Qian Lie Shu Wan (Prostate Comfort Pills) - Frequent and/or urgent urination, dribbling, incontinence. …
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  • Qi Ju Di Huang Wan (Lycii Chrysanthemum Teapills) - Yin deficiency symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, night s…
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  • Shen Ling Bai Zhu Wan (Ginseng, Poria & Atractylodes Pills) - Diarrhea, loose stools, or mucus/greasy stools from damp ac…
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  • Suo Quan Wan (Shut The Sluice Pills) - Frequent, clear and prolonged urination with difficulty res…
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  • Wu Ji Bai Feng Wan (Black Chicken White Phoenix Pills) - Coming Soon...
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  • Yunnan Baiyao (White Powder From Yun Nan) - A very important formula to stop bleeding (generally from a…
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  • Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan (Eight Flavor Rehmannia Teapills) - Steaming bone syndrome - dry and intensive persuasive sensa…
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  • Zhuang Yang Wan (Strengthen Kidney Yang And Preserve Power Pill) - Tonifies the kidney yang and astringe the jing (essence), p…
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  • Zuo Gui Wan (Right Returning Pills) - Infertility, low libedo, impotence due to kidney yin defici…
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    As noted above, shan yao is within the herbs that tonify qi functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

    (truncated intro "... herbs in this category are generally sweet and rich. they are most often combined with herbs that move and regulate the qi. )".

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