The Herbs in Yin Replenisher
Dendrobium is a very important and wonderful tonic herb. Dendrobium
stems and pods replenish Yin Essence (Yin Jing), generate fluids and clear
primarily used in China
to replenish fluids. It is commonly
used in Chinese herbalism as a Yin tonic which moistens the Stomach and Lungs.
It may be used by healthy individuals to maintain healthy fluid balance in the
body. It can also be very effective in treating dryness problems like dry
mouth, thirst, stomach pain, mouth sores, sunstroke, and dry lungs and air
passages due to dry weather or due to pollution and smoke. In other words,
Dendrobium is used to balance hot, dry conditions, to replace damaged or lost
fluids and to relieve thirst, depression and
deficiency fever as a result an illness.
However, the truly
great value of Dendrobium lies elsewhere. Taoist sages, who were the masters of
longevity (and much more) have routinely used
Dendrobium as a daily tonic for many centuries. Dendrobium (which is the stem
and leaf of a number of varieties of Dendrobium orchid that is now cultivated
for use as a tonic herb) is an excellent longevity herb. Dendrobium is
especially useful in quickly and effectively replenishing spent adaptive
Dendrobium has been
traditionally used to replace spent Yin Jing of the Kidney. The Kidney is
considered to be the whole body’s reservoir of Yin Jing, so replenishing
the Yin of the Kidney replenishes the whole body.
In replenishing and
increasing Jing, Dendrobium increases the generative force. Dendrobium is
especially famous for relieving fatigue that may result from sexual activity.
For those who maintain a balanced sex life, Dendrobium is said to build superb
sexual vigor. Dendrobium, being a Kidney Yin tonic, increases the sexual fluids
in men and women. And like all Jing tonics, it helps strengthen the lower back
and knees (areas controlled by the Kidney).
The Taoists say that
Dendrobium fills the Kidney meridian up with new vitality and strengthens muscles.
It nourishes the Yin of the Kidney and nourishes the saliva, which the Taoists
call the “Precious Fluid.” It is a superb herb for athletes for the
purpose of maintaining fluids during exercise or sports.
Ron Teeguarden's Taoist Master Sung Jin Park, was a great proponent of Dendrobium for anyone who lives
an active life and who desires to remain youthful and beautiful. A great
benefit of Dendrobium lies in its beauty-promoting quality. Dendrobium helps
keep the skin moist and constant use helps generate beautiful skin. When
combined in a person’s program with other skin nourishing and cleansing
herbs like Goji (Lycium) and White Peony, a person’s skin will definitely
improve, becoming smooth, radiant, supple and clear.
Rehmannia is a Kidney tonic. Raw Rehmannia has a cold, moistening
action that reduces "false fire" conditions that drain the body of
vitality. Goji (Lycium fruit) is a major Yin tonic that tonifies the Kidneys
and benefits the skin and eyes. Ligustrum is a tonic to the Kidney and Liver
and Anemarrhena is a Yin tonic that counteracts false fire.
Traditional Function: Nourishes
and replenishes Yin Jing and body fluids
Who can use it? Anyone
who requires Yin replenishment
Ingredients: Dendrobium stem, Raw Rehmannia root,
Lycium fruit, Ligustrum lucidum fruit, Chinese White Peony root, Anemarrhena
Other Ingredients: Water and alcohol
droppers per day or as directed by your health care practitioner
Ron Teeguarden’s “First Rule of Tonic Herbalism,” summed up
in a single word – Compliance.
If you don’t take the herbs, they won’t work.”