Yu Jin - Tumeric Tuber

TCM Materia Medica

Yu Jin TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "yu jin" which in english is Yu Jin herb"tumeric tuber", is categorized within the "herbs that invigorate blood" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, liver and lung channels and exhibits acrid, bitter (ku) and cool 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: 4.5-9g

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

  • Invigorate blood, break up stasis - used topically and internally for traumatic pain, and to speed healing process of chronic sores.
  • Promotes movement of Qi - liver qi stagnation, menstrual pain, chest, flank pain.
  • Clears heat, cools blood - hot phlegm obstructs heart orifices with symptoms like anxiety, agitation, seizures.
  • Benefits gallbladder - jaundice.

Yu Jin has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding yu jin:

Yu Jin may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: anxiety, chest pain, jaundice and/or trauma

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, yu jin is generally included in the following 3 formulas:

ViewAn Gong Niu Huang Wan (Calm The Palace Pill With Cattle Gallstone)

Resuscitates, clears heat, calms shen, and expels phelgm - coma arising from stroke, convulsions, loss of consciousness.

ViewDan Shen Huo Xue Wan (Red Sage Root Decoction for Promoting Blood Circulation)

Phlebitis, generally chronic.

ViewWen Jing Wan (Warm the Menses Formula)

Irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, excessive uterine bleeding or spotting between cycles.  Infertility, history of miscarriage. 

As noted above, yu jin is within the herbs that invigorate blood functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... for blood stasis - pain, abscesses and ulcers, abdominal masses. )".

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