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REHMANNIA, Rehmannia glutinosa
Parts used: Root
Constituents: Iridoid glycosides, and other Glycosides
Actions Indications
Immune modulator


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
Low grade fevers
Reduces Thyroid receptors and the conversion of T4 to T3

To prevent the suppressive effect of corticosteroid drugs on the endogenous levels of corticosteroids
Herbal extract, 30-60mL per week
Energetics: Cool, sweet, slightly bitter, moist. Cured Rehmannia is slightly warming though
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, increases 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.
Contraindications: Pregnancy, Safety: root should not be used for spleen weakness with symptoms of diarrhoea, or excess phlegm.
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