AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CHINESE HERBS
Pinyin: nu zhen zi (jiu)
ENGLISH NAME: Ligustrum (Wine Fried)
LATIN NAME: Wine Fried Ligustri Lucidi Fructus
Properties: sweet, bitter, cool
Channels Entered: Liver, Kidney
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. Tonifies the Liver and Kidney
2. Clears Heat and Brightens the Eyes
10 to 15 grams in decoction. Nu Zhen Zi is also used as paste or pills. The unprocessed herb has a stronger effect to nourish yin and moisten dryness, and is commonly used to treat dizziness, vertigo and constipation. The steamed herb (with grain-based liquor) has a stronger effect to tonifie the Liver and Kidney, and is commonly used to treat dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, blurred vision, and prematurely gray hair.
CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICA TIONS
• Use of Nu Zhen Zi is contraindicated for patients who have yang deficiency, or deficiency and cold of the Spleen and Stomach, characterized by diarrhea.