Shu Di Huang - Tonify Blood
KD, LV (9-30g)


Shu di Huang - The Shoe of Juan

When the starving soldiers boiled the shoe of juan they noticed that it smelled like blood and that eating the shoe soup would nourish their yin and essence despite the lack of nutritional value..

However they should have been careful not to overeat since the soup was (cc: cloying, caution with SP/ST def.) and caused some (cc: qi stagnation; phlegm dampness). But since they had nothing else to eat they all ended up with (cc: overuse may cause abdominal distension, loose stool).

English Name: cooked rehmannia, prepared adhesive rehmannia
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Rehmanniae Preparata
Properties: sweet, slightly warm

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
blood nourishes blood
nourish their yin and essence nourishes yin and essence


      Shu Di Huang Actions and Indications
  • Nourishes Blood (pallid complexion, dizziness, palpitations, insomnia, irregular menses, uterine of postpartum bleeding)
  • Nourishes Yin and Essence(night sweats, nocturnal emissions, steaming bone disorder, wasting and thirsting, low back pain, weakness of lower extremities, lightheadedness, dizziness, tinnitus, diminished aural acuity, and premature grey hair)
  • (cc: cloying and sticky which makes for difficult digestion, caution with SP and ST deficiency)
  • (cc: qi stagnation and phlegm dampness)
  • (cc: overuse may cause abdominal distension, loose stool)
  • (note: shu di is prepared by mixing sheng di with yellow wine and steaming until moist and black... compare with sheng di huang)
    Alternate Forms:
  • Xian Di Huang (fresh, not dried) - more bitter than sweet, very cold compared to sheng di; xian di is also stronger to clear heat, cool blood, and generate fluid, weaker to nourish yin, and less stagnating: 20-60g, or grind for juice)
  • (aka: Gan di Huang, di Huang, Gan Sheng)
    Special Notes:
  • Compare Shu di Huang, Sheng di Huang, and Xian Di Huang (above). Xian di HUang is weaker to nourish yin, but stronger to clear heat and cool blood. Sheng di Huang, the dry unprocessed root, is most effective to treat heat in the blood injuring body fluids. Shu di Huang, the processed root, has the strongest tonifying action of the three, and is best to alleviate jing (essence), blood, and yin deficiency.

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