Pharmaceutical Latin: Semen Astragali Complanati
Common English: Complanate Astragalus Seed
Flattened Milk Vetch
Herbs that Tonify the Yang
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Tincture: 2-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Tonifies Kidney Yang and astringes Jing

Kidney Yang Deficiency with lower back pain, tinnitus, impotence, premature ejaculation, urinary frequency or incontinence and vaginal discharge

Nourishes Liver Blood and improves vision

Diminished visual acuity or blurred vision from Liver Blood Deficiency

  • Contraindicated for those with Yin Deficiency with Heat signs.
  • Contraindicated for those with hyperactive sexual drives.
  • Contraindicated for those with difficult urination.
  • Contraindicated for those with excessively frequent erections and an inability to ejaculate.

Fr. Rubi
Fu Pen Zi

Sm. Euryales
Qian Shi

Sm. Euryales
Qian Shi

Sm. Nelumbinis
Lian Zi

Impotence, premature ejaculation, enuresis, incontinence and vaginal discharge.

Nocturnal emission and spermatorrhea.

Chronic spermatorrhea, enuresis, fatigue, lower back pain or vaginal discharge from Kidney and Liver Deficiency.

Cx. Eucommiae
Du Zhong

Fr. Lycii
Gou Qi Zi
Sm. Cuscutae
Tu Si Zi
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ji Hua
(Fr. Tribuli)
(Bai Ji Li)
(Sm. Cassiae)
(Jue Ming Zi)

Sm. Cuscuta
Tu Si Zi
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Fr. Ligustri Lucidi
Nu Zhen Zi

Low back pain from severely deficient Liver and Kidneys.

Blurred vision from Deficient Liver and Kidneys.

Blurred vision in patients with Deficient Kidney and Liver Yin.

Fr. Lycii
Gou Qi Zi
Sm. Cuscutae
Tu Si Zi
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Rz. Acori Tatarinowii
Shi Chang Pu
Faeces Vespertilionis
Ye Ming Sha

Fr. Tribuli
Bai Ji Li

Sm. Cassiae
Jue Ming Zi
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Fr. Lycii
Gou Qi Zi

Senile cataracts.

Tonifies the Liver and Kidneys to ensure that the eyes are nourished, anchors Liver Yang and expels Wind-Heat to treat many eye disorders, especially when there is Liver and Kidney Deficiencies with either Liver Qi Stagnation with Liver Yang Rising or External Wind-Heat affecting the eyes.

Blurred vision due to Deficient Liver and Kidney Yin.

Cervi Cornu Degelatinatum
Lu Jiao Shuang
Sm. Euryales
Qian Shi
Fr. Corni
Shan Zhu Yu

Fr. Corni
Shan Zhu Yu

Fr. Schisandrae
Wu Wei Zi
Stamen Nelumbinis
Lian Xu
Fossilia Ossis Mastodi
Long Gu
Rx. Morindae Officinalis
Ba Ji Tian
Rz. Curculiginis
Xian Mao

Ootheca Mantidis
Hai Piao Xiao
Sm. Cuscutae
Tu Si Zi
Fr. Rubi
Fu Pen Zi
Fr. Alpiniae Oxyphyllae
Yi Zhi Ren

Fr. Psoraliae
Bu Gu Zhi

General Kidney Deficiency with leakage of Jing.

Impotence and spermatorrhea.

Polyuria or urinary incontinence.

  1. This herb used when a person’s health is deteriorating rapidly.
  2. It helps conserve Jing and restore strength to the lower body.
  3. It is from a different species than Rx. Astragali Huang Qi.
  4. It Astringes Jing and urine and benefits Jing and marrow.
  5. Other than treating the eyes, Sha Yuan Zi and Fr. Tribuli Bai Ji Li are completely different in appearance and actions. Bai Ji Li dredges the Liver and expels Wind to brighten the eyes with no tonifying effect. Sha Yuan Zi tonifies the Liver and Kidneys to brighten the eyes. They are often used together to treat eye diseases.
  6. Sha Yuan Zi Fr. Lycii Gou Qi Zi, and Sm. Cuscutae Tu Si Zi all tonify the Kidney Yin and Yang and are often used together. Gou Qi Zi better nourishes Kidney and Lung Yin, slightly tonifies Kidney Yang and tonifies Liver Blood to improve vision. Tu Si Zi and Sha Yuan Zi both tend toward the Yang and astringe Jing.
  7. Dry-fried Complanate Astragalus Seed Chao Sha Yuan Zi is better able to tonify the Kidneys and astringe Jing to treat urinary frequency, vaginal discharge, spermatorrhea and premature ejaculation due to Kidney Yang Deficiency.
  8. Salt-prepared Complanate Astragalus Seed Yan Sha Yuan Zi goes directly to the Kidney channel and strongly tonifies the liver and Kidneys to treat headache, dizziness, tinnitus, deafness and aching weakness of the lower back and knees. Do not use if these symptoms are the result of Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Heat .