Wu Wei Zi [1]

Posted by : admin on Feb 23, 2008 - 07:19 PM
Chinese Medicine Herbs / Tonify Deficiencies [2]

Sour and warm

Lung, kidney and heart

1. To astringe the lungs and nourish the kidneys;2. To promote the production of body fluids and astringe sweat; 3. To restrain the essence and stop Diarrhea [3]; 4. To calm the heart and soothe the mind

1. Chronic cough and asthma due to rebellion of lung qi caused by deficiency of the lungs and kidneys manifested as cough with scanty sputum and asthma aggravated by slight exertion. Schisandra fruit (Wu Wei Zi [4]) is used with Dogwood fruit (Shan Zhu Yu [5]), Prepared rehmannia root (Shu Di Huang [6]) and Ophiopogon root (Maidong) in the formula Baxian Changshou Wan.    2. Deficiency of qi and body fluids manifested as spontaneous sweating, night sweating, thirst, palpitations, shortness of breath and deficient and forceless pulse. Schisandra fruit (Wuweizi) is used with Ginseng (Ren Shen [7]) and Ophiopogon root (Maidong) in the formula Shengmai San.    3. Diabetes manifested as thirst, preference for excessive fluid intake, shortness of breath, lassitude and deficient and forceless pulse. Schisandra fruit (Wuweizi) is used with Astragalus root (Huang Qi [8]), Fresh rehmannia root (Sheng Di Huang [9]), Ophiopogon root (Maidong) and Trichosanthes root (Tian Hua Fen [10]) in the formula Huangqi Tang.    4.Seminal emissions and nocturnal emissions caused by deficiency of the kidneys. Schisandra fruit (Wuweizi) is used with Dragon bone (Long Gu [11]) and Mantis egg case (Sang Piao Xiao [12])    5. Chronic diarrhea caused by deficiency of the spleen and kidneys, Schisandra fruit (Wuweizi) is used with Nutmeg (Rou Dou Kou [13]) and Evodia fruit (Wu Zhu Yu [14]) in the formula Sishen Wan.    6.Deficient yin and blood of the heart and kidneys manifested as palpitations, irritability, insomnia, dreamful sleep and forgetfulness. Schisandra fruit (Wuweizi) is used with Fresh rehmannia root (Shengdihuang), Ophiopogon root (Maidong) and Wild jujube seed (Suan Zao Ren [15]) in the formula Tianwang Buxin Dan.


This herb is contraindicated in the early stage of cough or rubella and in excessive internal heat with unrelieved exterior syndrome.

Wu Wei Zi

Image of herb: Wu Wei Zi [16]


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