Pinyin: tu si zi (yan)
ENGLISH NAME: Cuscutae Semen (Salt Fried)
LATIN NAME: Salt Fried Cuscutae Semen
Properties: acrid, sweet, neutral
Channels Entered: Liver, Kidney
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. Tonifies Kidney Yin and Yang
2. Consolidates Kidney Jing (Essence) and Reserves the Urine
3. Brightens the Eyes
4. Stops Diarrhea
5. Treats Xiao Ke (Wasting and Thirsting) Syndrome
10 to 15 grams.
CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICA TIONS
• Though Tu Si Zi is neutral in thermal property, it tonifies Kidney yang more than it does Kidney yin. Therefore, it should be used with caution in cases of yin-deficient heat (especially those patients who are easily aroused sexually), or for patients with dryness, constipation, or scanty, dark urine.