Shan Zhu Yu - Asiatic Cornelian Cherry Fruit

TCM Materia Medica

Shan Zhu Yu TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "shan zhu yu" which in english is Shan Zhu Yu herb"asiatic cornelian cherry fruit", is categorized within the "herbs that stabilize and bind" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and liver channels and exhibits sour (suan) 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:

  • Dosage: 3-12g
  • Shock: 30-60g

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

  • Stabilize the kidneys, retain the essence - leaking of fluids due to weak essence, excessive urination, incontinence, spermatorrhea, excessive sweating, for devastated yang and collapsed qi, as in shock.
  • Tonify the liver and kidney - lightheadedness, dizziness, impotence, sore back and knees, tonifies the jing and assists the yang.
  • Stabilize menses - excessive uterine bleeding, prolonged menses, weak effect.

Shan Zhu Yu may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: dizziness (vertigo), impotence (erectile dysfunction), incontinence, spermatorrhea, sweat problems and/or uterine bleeding

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, shan zhu yu is generally included in the following 11 formulas:

ViewEr Long Zuo Ci Wan (Deafness Left Supporting Pills)

Ringing in the ears/tinnitus. Unblocks the ears - useful for diminished hearing or temporary hearing loss. Red/dry eyes with blurry vision.

ViewJin Gui Shen Qi Wan (Kidney Qi Pill from the Golden Cabinet)

Lethargy, low libedo, frequent urination with possible incontinence resulting from kidney yang deficiency. Sensation of cold, especially in the lower half.

ViewLiu Wei Di Huang Wan (Six Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia)

Dizziness, tinnitus, possibly vertigo as a result of kidney and liver yin deficiency. Insomnia especially with night sweats, hot flashes, irritability. Spontaneous/nocturnal emissions.  Menopaus…

ViewMing Mu Di Huang Wan (Rehmannia Pills to Brighten the Eyes)

Blurry vision, floaters, possibly with dryness of the eyes as a result of the liver yin failing to nourish the eyes and kidney yin failing to brighten the vision.

ViewQian Lie Shu Wan (Prostate Comfort Pills)

Frequent and/or urgent urination, dribbling, incontinence.  Treats Lin Syndrome conditions.

ViewQi Ju Di Huang Wan (Lycii Chrysanthemum Teapills)

Yin deficiency symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, night sweats, hot flashes, heat in the soles and dryness. Blurry vision, possibly with dry eyes.

ViewWu Ji Bai Feng Wan (Black Chicken White Phoenix Pills)

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ViewYou Gui Wan (Restore the Right Kidney Pill)

Cold extremities, fatigue, weak/aching low back, knees, waist, aversion to cold, loose stools - due to kindney yang deficiency. Impotence, infertility, low libedo, low sperm count, abnormal sperm mo…

ViewZhi Bai Di Huang Wan (Eight Flavor Rehmannia Teapills)

Steaming bone syndrome - dry and intensive persuasive sensation of heat possibly with flushing and tidal fever. Dizziness, vertigo, tinnitis, anxiety and restlessness resulting from yin deficiency. …

ViewZhuang Yang Wan (Strengthen Kidney Yang And Preserve Power Pill)

Tonifies the kidney yang and astringe the jing (essence), primarily for sexual dysfunction in older males - symptoms may include impotence, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and other sign…

ViewZuo Gui Wan (Right Returning Pills)

Infertility, low libedo, impotence due to kidney yin deficiency. Low sperm count, abnormal sperm morphology resulting from jing deficiency. Irregular menstruation, vaginal dryness.

As noted above, shan zhu yu is within the herbs that stabilize and bind functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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