Suo Yang - Fleshy Stem of Cynomorium

TCM Materia Medica

Suo Yang TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "suo yang" which in english is "fleshy stem of cynomorium", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify yang" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney, large intestine 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: 4.5-15g

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

  • Tonify kidney yang - impotence, frequent urination, spermatorrhea.
  • Nourish blood, tonify essence, strengthen sinews - motor impairment, paralysis from blood and jing deficiency.
  • Moisten instestines - constipation due to qi and/or blood deficiency.

As noted above, suo yang is within the herbs that tonify yang functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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