Caterpillar Fungus (dong chong xia cao)
Sweet in flavour, neutral in nature, it is tropistic to
the lung and kidney channels. Being sweet, neutral, moist
and not very dry in property, and mild in action, it
reinforce Qi and Yin mildly, invigorate Yang and
supplement vital essence, and is used as an excellent
tonic for tonifying the lung and kidney. It serves to
treat chronic cough in the type of both lung-and
kidney-deficiency, impotence due to consuption of kidney
essence and weakness because of aging or chronic diseases.
supplementing the lung and kidney, stopping cough and
1. For kidney-deficiency with
impotence, lumbago and spermatorrhea, it can be taken
alone in form of wine infusion or used together with other
herbs for reinforcing the kidney and strengthening Yang.
2. For deficiency of both the
lung and kidney manifested as chronic cough and asthma in
deficiency type, it is often used with herbs for tonifying
the lung and kidney, such as Radix Genseng, Semen
Juglandis, Fructus Psoraleae, Radix Astragali seu Hedysari,
etc; for phthisical cough in type of Yin-deficiency, night
sweating and hemoptysis, it is used with herbs for
nourishing Yin, moistening the lung, arresting cough and
stopping bleeding, such as Rhizoma Anemarrhenae, Colla
Corii Asinin, Radix Ophiopogonis, Rhizoma Bletillae, etc.
5-10g, used in bolus or compound powder.
This product is very
valuable in China.
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