Pharmaceutical Latin: Semen Juglandis
Common English: Walnut
English Walnut
Persian Walnut
Herbs that Tonify the Yang
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Large Intestine
Tincture: 2-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Tonifies the Kidneys, replenishes Jing and
strengthens the back and knees

Kidney Yang Deficiency with a Cold and painful back and knees and urinary frequency

Kidney Jing Deficiency

Warms and astringes the Lungs, resolves cold Phlegm, arrests wheezing and helps the Kidneys grasp Qi

Lung and Kidney Deficiencies with chronic cough and wheezing that worsens with any exertion

Kidney unable to grasp Lung Qi

Moistens the Intestines and unblocks the bowels

Constipation from Deficient Fluids and Blood

Constipation in the elderly

Constipation due to injured Fluids following a febrile disorder

  • Contraindicated for those with Phlegm Fire.
  • Contraindicated for those with Hot cough.
  • Contraindicated for those with Yin Deficiency with Heat signs.
  • Contraindicated for those with watery stool.
  • Do not take with strong tea.
  • Hu Tao Ren has anticoagulant and thrombolytic effects and should be used with caution in patients who take anticoagulant or antiplatelet medication such as warfarin (Coumadin), heparin, enoxaparin (Lovenox), aspirin, dipyridamole (Persantine) and clopidogrel (Plavix)

Cx. Eucommiae
Du Zhong
Fr. Psoraliae
Bu Gu Zhi


Cx. Eucommiae
Du Zhong
Rx. Dipsaci
Xu Duan

Cx. Eucommiae
Du Zhong
Fr. Psoraliae
Bu Gu Zhi

Hb. Lysimachiae/ Desmodii
Jin Qian Cao
Spora Lygodii
Hai Jin Sha

Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Ge Jie

Low back and knee pain and weakness in the legs from Kidney Deficiency.

Back pain associated with Kidney stones.

Wheezing from Deficient Lungs and Kidneys.

Feng Mi

Hb. Epimedii
Yin Yang Huo

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

(Sm. Cannabis)
(Huo Ma Ren)
Hb. Cistanches
Rou Cong Rong

Chronic cough due to Deficiency Cold.

Chronic cough and dyspnea.

Concurrent lower back pain and weak legs from Wind-Damp Bi.

Constipation due to insufficient fluids in the Large Intestine.

Fr. Psoraliae
Bu Gu Zhi

Rx. Polygoni Multiflori
He Shou Wu
Fr. Ligustri Lucidi
Nu Zhen Zi
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Fr. Lycii
Gou Qi Zi

Low back pain with premature ejaculation, coughing and wheezing due to Kidney Yang Deficiency.

Fortifies Kidney Yang to help it grasp the Qi in treating coughs and wheezing, strengthens the sinews and bones and treats aching of the lower back and knees, impotence and premature ejaculation due to Lower Jiao Cold.

Prematurely gray hair.

Blurred vision.

Hb. Epimedii
Yin Yang Huo

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Colla Corii Asini
E Jiao

Hb. Cistanches
Rou Cong Rong



Chronic constipation.

  1. This herb is prescribed when both Kidneys and Lung are involved.
  2. This herb is gentle and generally serves as an assistant.
  3. One sources says that Walnuts can tonify the Qi, nourish the Blood, moisten Dryness, transform Phlegm, augment the Ming Men, facilitate the San Jiao, warm the Lungs, and moisten the Intestines to treat coughs due to Deficiency Cold and heavy pain in the low back and feet.
  4. One source says that this herb enriches and tonifies the Liver and Kidneys and strengthens sinews and bones. It stabilizes the teeth and blackens the hair.