Common Anemarrhena Rhizome

Source Common Anemarrhena Rhizome is the dried rhizome of Annemarrhena asphodeloides Bge. (Fam. Liliaceae).

Producing Areas Hebei, Shaanxi, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia, etc.

Properties Bitter, Cold

Channels Lung, Stomach, Kidney


  • Clears heat in the qi levelFor high fever, irritability, and a rapid and flooding pulse. Very effective at clearing heat in the stomach and lungs, with intense thirst and thick yellow sputum.
  • Moistens dryness and nourishes yinFor lung and kidney yin deficiency with night sweats, five-centres heat, afternoon fevers, steaming bone fever, or irritability. Also for spermatorrhea and leakage of vital essence.
  • Generates fluidsFor thirst, dry and ulcerated mouth, dry throat, and for wasting and thirsting disorder.

Usage and Dosage
6 – 12g is decocted for oral use.
The crude is for clearing away heat and purging fire.
The stir-baked is for nourishing yin and moistening dryness.
The stir-baked with salt solution is for hyperactivity of fire due to deficiency of the kidney.

Notes Contraindicated for patients with diarrhoea due to spleen-deficiency.
Not suitable to be taken in a large dose or for a long time.

Keep in a cool, dry place. Protect from moisture.

Description of Quality Herb
The good one is big in size, hard, with yellowish white broken surface.

Professional Advice

The rhizome of Roof Iris (Iris tectorum Maxim) is substituted. The real Anemarrhena has a white cross-section, fine winding wrinkles and marks of leaves or branches.