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Rehmannia, Rehmannia glutinosa
Parts used: Root.
Constituents: Iridoid glycosides, and other Glycosides.
Actions: Immune modulator.
Trophorestorative, Anti-inflammatory, Tonic, Alterative, Anti-bacterial, Antifungal, Anti-haemorrhagic, Diuretic, Laxative, Antipyretic, Hyperthyroidism.
Indications:
Chronic fatigue syndrome, weakness, dizziness.
To adrenals; fatigue, irritability, insomnia, lack of appetite.
Stimulates the liver by increasing hepatocyte cells.
Chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, mouth sores.
To the blood and heart, anaemia, increases bile flow.
Opens channels of elimination, amenorrhoea, bleeding, lupus.
Allergies; esp. skin rashes and autoimmune disorders.
For chronic inflammation of autoimmune origin, rheumatoid arthritis, Anti-tumour activity by increasing interferon secretion.
Endometriosis, haemorrhage, e.g. haematuria, metrorrhagia.
Rheumatoid arthritis, urticaria, chronic nephritis.
Constipation.
Low grade fevers.
Thyroid receptors and helps convert T4 to T3.
To prevent the suppressive effects of corticosteroid drugs on endogenous levels of corticosteroids.
Herbal extract: 30-60mL per week.
Raw Rehmannia is used in cases of heat caused by lack of fluids (yin deficiency) in the body. It is used when there are heat signs with thirst. It is also recommended when there is bleeding in the stomach or uterus. Rehmannia is also effective when there is heart fire rising with sores in the mouth or on the tongue, irritability, insomnia, and/or chronic low-grade fever. Cured: regulates menses, blood production, anaemia, dizziness, weakness, tinnitus, amenorrhoea, metrorrhagia.
Note: May also be used to prevent the suppressive effects of Corticosteroids, and high blood pressure or hypertension where Licorice is contraindicated.
Energetics: Cool, sweet, slightly bitter, moist. Cured Rehmannia is slightly warming though.
Contraindications: Pregnancy, Safety: root should not be used for spleen weakness with symptoms of diarrhoea, or excess phlegm.