Sweet, slightly bitter and slightly cold
Lung, heart and stomach
1. To nourish the yin and moisten the lungs; 2. To strengthen the stomach and promote the production of body fluids; 3. To clear heat in the heart and relieve irritability
1. Dryness and heat in the lungs due to deficiency of yin manifested as cough with scanty and sticky sputum or cough with bloody sputum. Ophiopogon root (Maidong) is used with Glehnia root (Sha Shen), Asparagus root (Tian Men Dong), Tendrilled fritillary bulb (Chuan Bei Mu)and Fresh rehmannia root (Sheng Di Huang). 2. Deficient yin of the stomach manifested as dry tongue and thirst. Ophiopogon root (Maidong) is used with Fragrant solomonseal rhizome (Yu Zhu), Glehnia root (Shashen) and Fresh rehmannia root (Shengdihuang). 3. Irritability and insomnia:a) nutritive (ying)system invaded by pathogenic heat-Ophiopogon root (Maidong) is used with Fresh rehmannia root (Shengdihuang), Bamboo leaf (Zhu Ye) and Coptis root (Huang Lian) in the formula Qingying Tang;b)heart yin deficiency with internal heat causing insomnia-Ophiopogon root (Maidong) is used with Fresh rehmannia root (Shengdihuang) and Wild jujube seed(Suan Zao Ren) in the formula Tianwang Buxin Dan. 4. Constipation caused by dryness in the intestines. Ophiopogon root (Maidong) is used with Fresh rehmannia root (Shengdihuang) and Scrophularia (Xuan Shen) in the formula Zengye Tang.
This herb is contraindicated in cases with cough due to wind-cold type of common cold, with presence of phlegm fluid and turbid dampness, with Diarrhea due to deficiency, and cold in the spleen and stomach.