The TCM herb "shan zhu yu" which in english is "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:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
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:
Ringing in the ears/tinnitus. Unblocks the ears - useful for diminished hearing or temporary hearing loss. Red/dry eyes with blurry vision.
Lethargy, low libedo, frequent urination with possible incontinence resulting from kidney yang deficiency. Sensation of cold, especially in the lower half.
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…
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.
Frequent and/or urgent urination, dribbling, incontinence. Treats Lin Syndrome conditions.
Yin deficiency symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, night sweats, hot flashes, heat in the soles and dryness. Blurry vision, possibly with dry eyes.
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…
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. …
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…
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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