Xian Mao - Golden Eye Grass Rhizome

TCM Materia Medica

Xian Mao TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "xian mao" which in english is "golden eye grass rhizome", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify yang" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and liver channels and exhibits acrid and hot (re) 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: 3-9g

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

  • Tonify kidney, strengthen yang - impotence, urinary incontinence, nocturnal emission, infertility due to cold womb (woman) or cold jing (man).
  • Expel cold, eliminate damp - bi with generalized pain, pain and/or weakness in the bones and sinews, lower back and knee pain, cold abdomen.

Xian Mao has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid with yin deficiency, empty heat signs
  • Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding xian mao:

  • Generally not for longer term use.
  • The daily dose should be respected as high doses can cause limb numbness, loss of consciousness and swollen tongue among other symptoms.
  • While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, xian mao is generally included in the following 4 formulas:

    ViewEr Xian Wan (Two Immortal Decoction)

    Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang deficiencies with Empty Heat - hormonal issues such as menopause (possibly w/hypertension), amenorrhea, hot flashes along with associated symptoms of fatigue, depression, i…

    ViewGeng Nian An Wan (Peaceful Menopause)

    Menopause symtpoms including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, restlessness and anxiety as a result of yin deficiency.   Can be used for other yin deficient symtpoms such as tinnitus, dry skin…

    ViewNuan Gong Yun Zi Wan (Warm Uterus & Conception Pills)

    Infertility, history of miscarriage due to blood deficiency and/or cold in the lower jiao from kidney yang deficiency. Irregular menstruation. Lower abdominal pain, lower back pain, uterine and/or …

    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…

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

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