Chinese Materia Medica tends to think that it is sweet in flavor and neutral in properties and covers three meridians of spleen, lung, and kidney. Key rhizoma polygonati effects and functions are nourishing yin to moisten dryness, invigorating spleen and replenishing qi, and nourishing kidney to replenish essence. Essential rhizoma polygonati uses and indications include consumptive cough due to deficiency of yin, lung dryness cough, lacking in strength caused by spleen deficiency, reduced appetite and mouth dryness, diabetes, soreness and weakness of waist and knees due to kidney deficiency, impotence and nocturnal emission, tinnitus and dim eyesight, premature graying, thinness and weakness, and leprosy and ringworm. Recommended dosage is from 10 to 15 grams (dried herb) and from 30 to 60 grams (fresh herb) in decoction, teapills or cream.
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APPENDIX 2: Possible Reactions Between Herbs and Drugs In the Chinese medical literature, reports of adverse interactions between drugs and herbs are not found even though there appears to be openness in the reporting of adverse reactions to herbs themselves. Yet, it is well-established that some pharmaceutical products should not be combined with other pharmaceutical products due to production of adverse effects, and that mixing certain pharmaceuticals with commonly-consumed substances can also have a negative impact on the drug therapy. As examples of the latter: