Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae)  Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae)

Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae)

Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae) is the rhizome of Anemarrhena asphodeloides Bunge. After harvesting, the medicinal material is sun-dried and cut into pieces. It can also be stir-baked with a salt solution.

Category: Heat-clearing & fire-draining.

Common Name: Anemarrhena Rhizome.

Channels Entered: Lung, Stomach and Kidney.

Properties and Functions: Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae) is bitter, sweet and cold in nature. Its main functions are:

  • Clearing heat and draining fire.
  • Nourishing Yin and moistening dryness.
  • Generating fluids to clear heat.


  • For over-abundant pathogenic heat presenting as high fever, irritability, thirst and a rapid pulse.
  • Cough due to lung-heat or dry cough due to yin-deficiancy, often accomanied by a dry throat.
  • Hyperactivity of fire due to yin-deficiency causing hectic fever, night sweats, ‘steaming bones’ and restlessness.
  • Yin deficiency diabetes presenting with thirst due to consumption of body fluids, constipation along with oral ulcers and inflammation.

Dosage: 6 – 12g

Cautions and Contra-Indications: Contraindicated for patients with Spleen and Stomach deficiency cold and also for patients with diarrhoea.