Shu Di Huang - Rehmannia, Chinese Foxglove Root

TCM Materia Medica

Shu Di Huang TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "shu di huang" which in english is "rehmannia, chinese foxglove root", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify blood" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, kidney and liver channels and exhibits sweet (gan) 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: 9-30g
  • Charred if used to stop bleeding.

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

  • This is the root of Sheng Di Huang (steamed and dried, or soaked in red wine and dried).
  • Tonify blood for blood deficiency with dizziness, pallid complexion, palpitations, insomnia, irregular menses, uterine bleeding, post partum bleeding.
  • Nourish yin - kidney yin deficiency with nightsweats, xiao ke, steaming bone disorder, nocturnal emissions.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, shu di huang is generally included in the following 23 formulas:

  • An Shen Bu Xin Wan (Calm the Shen and Supplement the Heart Pills) - Insomnia and palpitations Anxiety, possible difficulty wit…
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  • 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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  • Ba Zhen Wan (Eight Treasure Combination) - For recovery of qi and blood after acute trauma or accident…
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  • Da Bu Yin Wan (Great Tonify the Yin Pill) - Steaming bone syndrome - sensation of intense heat, malar f…
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  • Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan (Solitary Hermit Teapills) - For chronic pain due to obstruction (bi zheng) with liver a…
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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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  • 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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  • Jiao Ai Wan (Ass-Hide Gelatin and Mugwort Formula) - Uterine bleeding/spotting. Abdominal/Uterine/Ovarian cramp…
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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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  • Nuan Gong Yun Zi Wan (Warm Uterus & Conception Pills) - Infertility, history of miscarriage due to blood deficiency…
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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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  • Qi Xue Da Bu Wan (Nourish Qi & Blood Pills) - Fatigue, lethargy, sensation of feeling heavy or cold. Low…
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  • Ren Shen Yang Rong Wan (Ginseng Decoction to Nourish the Nutritive Qi) - Tonifies both qi and blood and nourishes the heart and calm…
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  • Shi Quan Da Bu Wan (Ten Tonics Nourishment Pills) - Coming Soon...
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  • Si Wu Tang Wan (Four Substances Pills) - The primary base formula for tonifying the blood and regula…
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  • Tao Hong Si Wu Wan (Four Substances Pills With Safflower And Peach Pit) - A modified version of si wu tang with the inclusion of tao …
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  • You Gui Wan (Restore the Right Kidney Pill) - Cold extremities, fatigue, weak/aching low back, knees, wai…
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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, shu di huang is within the herbs that tonify blood functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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