Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae)

Source: 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: Clearing heat and draining fire.

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:

  1. Clearing heat and draining fire.
  2. Nourishing Yin and moistening dryness.
  3. Generating fluids to clear heat.


  1. For over-abundant pathogenic heat presenting as high fever, irritability, thirst and a rapid pulse.
  2. Cough due to lung-heat or dry cough due to yin-deficiancy, often accomanied by a dry throat.
  3. Hyperactivity of fire due to yin-deficiency causing hectic fever, night sweats, ‘steaming bones’ and restlessness.
  4. 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.