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Semen Allii tuberosi
Allium tuberosum Rottl.
Chinese leek, Chinese chive seed
Source of Earliest Record
Bencao Jingji Zhi
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations
The seeds are collected in autumn, and then dried in the sun or fried.
Properties & Taste
Pungent, sweet and warm
Liver and kidney
1. To tonify the liver and kidneys; 2. To strengthen yang and control the essence
Indications & Combinations
1. Deficiency of kidney yang manifested as impotence and cold pain in the lower back and knees. Chinese chive seed (Jiuzi) is used with Cistanche (Roucongrong) and Morinda root (Bajitian).
2. Frequent urination or leukorrhea due to deficient kidneys. Chinese chive seed (Jiuzi) is used with Psoralea fruit (Buguzhi), Dioscorea (Shanyao) and Bitter cardamom (Yizhiren).
5-10 g (for decoction or pills)
Cautions & Contraindications
The herb is contraindicated in cases with deficiency of yin with excessive fire.
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