Plum Flower Rehmannia Root, Prepared
Shu Di Huang
Pinyin Name: Shu Di Huang
English Name: Rehmannia Root, Prepared
Properties: sweet, slightly warm
Channels Entered: Liver, Kidney
Anemia, pale complexion, dizziness, palpitations, insomnia, fatigue, weakness, irregular menstruation, chronic uterine bleeding, yin and blood deficiencies, infertility, restless fetus, habitual miscarriage, soreness and weakness of low back and knees, dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, diminished hearing, night sweats, nocturnal emissions, dry cracked tongue, liver and kidney yin deficiency, wasting and thirsting syndrome, jing tonic, delayed development in children, premature aging, cough, wheezing and shortness of breath are some of the conditions satisfied clients have successfully used this formula for.
Primary Traditional Functions
Blood deficiency: Shu Di Huang (Radix Rehmannia Preparata) treats blood deficiency and the consequent lack of nourishment to the Liver and Heart. Proper circulation of blood is dependent on the volume of blood being circulated. In anemic or blood-deficient patients, there is insufficient blood to nourish the organs. Typical signs include sallow or pale complexion, dizziness, palpitations and insomnia. Shu Di Huang strongly nourishes and tonifies the blood.
- Anemia with fatigue and weakness
Menstrual disorders: Blood belongs to the yin element and is the foundation of women's health. Irregular menstruation is often caused by: blood stagnation or blood deficiency. Because the rich nature of Shu Di Huang may cause stagnation, it should only be used for patients with irregular menstruation arising from blood deficiency and not for those with blood stagnation.
- Irregular menstruation
- Hypermenorrhea because of blood deficiency
- Chronic uterine bleeding resulting in yin and blood deficiencies
- Infertility due to ren (conception) and chong (thoroughfare) channel deficiencies with blood deficiency and heat
Gestational and Postpartum Disorders
Shu Di Huang treats restless fetus, habitual miscarriage and postpartum complications. Shu Di Huang is used as the main herb in formulas that treat lower abdominal pain, edema, nausea and vomiting caused by deficiency from sudden loss of blood in postpartum women.
- Restless fetus or habitual miscarriage
Tonifies Liver and Kidney Yin
Liver and Kidney yin deficiencies
Clinical presentations include soreness and weakness of the lower back and knees, dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, diminished hearing, tidal fever, night sweats, nocturnal emissions, a thready, rapid pulse and a dry, cracked tongue with scanty or no coating. Shu Di Huang nourishes the yin and blood of the Liver and Kidney. It is often combined with yang tonic herbs to fortify Kidney yang as well.
- Liver and Kidney yin deficiencies
Kidney yin-deficient fire
- Weakness and soreness of the knees because of Kidney yin-deficient fire
- Kidney yin and yang deficiencies
Xiao ke (wasting and thirsting) syndrome
Shu Di Huang strongly tonifies yin for treatment of xiao ke and is especially effective for polyuria.
- Xiao ke syndrome with predominant polyuria
- Xiao ke syndrome with qi deficiency
- Xiao ke syndrome with yin-deficient fire
Replenishes Jing (Essence) and Fills the Marrow
Developmental delay and premature aging
Jing and blood are derived from the same source. Shu Di Huang tonifies blood and nourishes jing. Deficiencies of jing and blood cause both physical and mental developmental delays in children. The manifestations of these deficiencies in adults include prematurely gray hair, forgetfulness, dizziness, blurry vision, impotence, tinnitus and other signs of early aging.
- Developmental delay in children and premature aging
Arrests Cough and Wheezing
This type of deficient cough, wheezing and asthma is associated with Kidney deficiency with inability to grasp the qi downwards. The prolonged, labored inhalation process results in accelerated respiration and shortness of breath.
- Cough, wheezing and sputum due to Kidney deficiency
- Cough, shortness of breath, accelerated respiration
Cautions & Contraindications
Use Shu Di Huang with caution in patients with Spleen and Stomach deficiencies. Because the stagnating and cloying nature of Shu Di Huang may impair digestion, it is contraindicated in excess conditions with dampness, phlegm or qi stagnation.
Each package contains 500 grams sliced prepared unsulfured herb.