Rhizoma Curculiginis


The rhizome of Curculigo orchioides Gaertn., family Amaryllidaceae.

Rhizome small, terete, 3-10 cm long, 0.4-0.8 cm in diameter. Surface dark-brown and coarse; nodes dense, but gradually sparse downwards, sometimes with remnants of fibrous roots. Acrid in taste, warm in nature, slightly toxic and attnbutive to kidney, spleen and liver channels.

1 Invigorate the kidney and strengthen yang: For deficiency of kidney-yang manifested as impotence, emission, enuresis and frequent micturition.
2. Warm and strengthen spleen-yang: For deficiency of spleen-yang or of spleen- and kidney-yang manifested as cold pain of epigastrium and abdomen, poor appetite and diarrhea.
3. Expel cold and dampness, strengthen the tendons and bones: For yang-deficiency with cold pain of the loin and knees, and weakness of the extremities, or arthralgia and muscular spasm of cold-dampness type.

Pharmacological Action
Enhancing the reactivity of rat's pituitary to luteinizing hormone releasing factor and that of ovary to luteinizing hormone, thus promoting the luteinizing action of the hypothalamuspituitary-ovary system.

Administration Decoction: 3-9g.


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