Shan Yao


Shan Yao in TCM:

Explore the properties of Shan Yao according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: dioscorea, common yam rhizome
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Dioscoreae
Properties: sweet, neutral

Temperature: neutral

Channels: LU, SP, UB, KD

Flavors: sweet
Tonifies: qi, yin

Special Properties:
essence, resolves food stagnation

    Alternate Forms:
  • sheng- to tonify yin
  • chao- to tonify SP and stop diarrhea

Actions / Indications:
  • Nourishes Spleen Qi and Yin (diarrhea, food stagnation due to SP deficiency, fatigue, spontaneous sweating, lack of appetite)
  • Strengthens Lung Qi and Yin (shallow breathing, shortness of breath, LU dryness, cough or wheezing due to Lung deficiency)
  • Tonifies KD Yin and Stabilizes essence (wasting and thirsting; sore back and knees, spermatorrhea, frequent urination, tidal fever, night sweats, vaginal discharge, chronic lin syndrome)
  • (cc: excess with fullness due to dampness, stagnation accumulation)
  • (note: for xiao ke use up to 250g)

    Special Notes:
  • According to one study Shan Yao combined with Huang Qi was found to be excellent to treat diabetes mellitus patients.