Tu Si Zi - Chinese Dodder Seeds

TCM Materia Medica

Tu Si Zi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "tu si zi" which in english is "chinese dodder seeds", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify yang" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and liver channels and exhibits acrid, 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: 9-15g

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

  • Tonify kidneys, strengthens yin, secures essence, reserves urine - impotence, nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, tinnitus, frequent urination, sore painful back, vaginal discharge.
  • Tonify kidney and liver, improves vision - liver and kidney yin and yang deficiency patterns with dizziness, tinnitus, blurred vision, floaters, etc.
  • Strengthen the spleen and kidneys - resolve diarrhea.
  • Calms the fetus - important herb for habitual and/or threatened miscarriage.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, tu si zi is generally included in the following 9 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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  • Gu Zhi Shu Song Wan (Osteoporosis Tablets) - For bone disorders includeing osteoporosis and osteopenia. …
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  • Te Xiao Jing Zhui Tong Wan (Patent Neck Pain Relief Pills) - Stiffness, pain, and/or tightness of the neck.
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  • Wu Zi Yang Zong Wan (Five Seeds to Bring Forth Offspring) - Impotence, premature ejaculation, noctural emissions, low l…
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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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  • Zhuang Yang Wan (Strengthen Kidney Yang And Preserve Power Pill) - Tonifies the kidney yang and astringe the jing (essence), p…
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  • Zhuang Yao Jian Shen Wan (Strengthen The Back And Benefit The Kidney Pills) - Weakness in the lower parts of the body from kidney yang an…
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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, tu si zi is within the herbs that tonify yang functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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