Latin name: Anemarrhenae asphodeloides
Chinese name: zhi mu

What is Anemarrhena?
Native to Japan and the northern regions of China, anemarrhena is an herb that has been used for 2,000 years in traditional Asian medicine. Anemarrhena belongs to the lily family, and the dried rhizome is the part of the plant that is used medically.

What are the health benefits of Anemarrhena?
Anemarrhena is said by traditional Chinese medicine to have cooling properties and is used to treat health disorders related to excessive heat and dryness. It brings relief for fevers, hot flashes, intense thirst, and heat in the lungs from dry coughing, and it also relaxes tension. Anemarrhena has been used as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial substance that helps to slow the progress of tuberculosis, treat the chronic coughing associated with bronchitis, heal infections of the bladder associated with urinary tract infections, reduce nocturnal emissions, and decrease an excessively high sex drive.

Are there any precautions for taking Anemarrhena?
Those suffering from diarrhea should not use anemarrhena.

Where can I find Anemarrhena?
Anemarrhena can be found online, in Asian specialty stores, and in the offices of Chinese medicine practitioners.

You can find this herb combined with other herbs in the Traditions of Tao formulas:
Calmfort/Sleeping, which calms the spirit, alleviates insomnia, and increases the body’s ability to cope with stress.
Hot Flash, which helps stop night sweats and hot flashes.
Passages Plus, which helps women cope with the hormone swings of PMS and menopause.

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