$6.95 USA Shipping • 90-Day Hassle-Free Returns

Home » Tu Si Zi – Dodder Seed – Semen Cuscutae

Tu Si Zi – Dodder Seed – Semen Cuscutae

Showing all 18 results

Tu Si Zi

English Name: cuscuta, dodder seed

Pharmaceutical Name: Semen Cuscutae

Medica Category: Yang-Tonifying Herbs

Properties: Tu Si Zi enters the Liver and Kidney channels; it is acrid and sweet in nature and neutral in temperature.

What is Tu Si Zi?:

The Chinese Herb Tu Si Zi is the dried, ripe seeds of the dodder plant, a thread-like parasitic vine that grows in forests in woodlands mainly in Liaoning, Jilin and Hebei provinces in China (Cuscuta chinensis Lam; alternately C. japonica Choisy). It was commonly used in China since ancient times to tonify the Liver and Kidney and was considered a superior herb in this regard (as it tonifies both yin and yang simultaneously). In modern times, the seeds are dried and ground for use as medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Tu Si Zi:

Tu Si Zi tonifies both yin and yang of the Kidney (stronger action for the yang) and consolidates jing (essence) to address enuresis and urinary incontinence as well as other forms of fluid leakage such as spermatorrhea, leukorrhea, and uterine bleeding.

Tu Si Zi nourishes the Liver to brighten the eyes and address blurred vision, spots in the visual field, and dry eyes.

Tu Si Zi addresses diarrhea/watery loose stools and poor appetite (and restores proper digestive functioning) when deficient Kidney yang fails to warm the yang of the Spleen.

Tu Si Zi is used to address xiao ke (wasting and thirsting syndrome), either fresh juice as a single-herb remedy or dried and combined in formula.

–safety/clinical notes:

Use with caution in persons with yin-deficient heat signs (especially if they are easily sexually aroused).

Use with caution for persons with dryness, constipation, or scanty, dark urine.

Articles Related To Tag: Tu Si Zi – Dodder Seed – Semen Cuscutae

  • Passion Statement
    Passion Statement

    While some are interested in careers earn more money, my path was different. I was led to advocacy that led me to a career in the nonprofit. I have always been drawn to giving back in my community. I grew up in the Philippines so helping to me is a wat of life. When I…

  • The Influence of Yin-Yang Theory in Traditional Chinese Medicine on Diagnosis and Treatment
    The Influence of Yin-Yang Theory in Traditional Chinese Medicine on Diagnosis and Treatment

    The core theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is established on the foundation of Yin-Yang theory. It is believed that Yin and Yang are opposite, mutually restrictive and interdependent in their relationship. Yin-Yang theory deeply influenced not only the core philosophies of Chinese Taoism and Confucianism but also profoundly shaped TCM’s diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.…

  • Qi: The Vital Energy in Traditional Chinese Medicine
    Qi: The Vital Energy in Traditional Chinese Medicine

    January-March 2024 Inclusive Qi: Accessible Health Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) stands as a testament to the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and spirit, with its core principle being the elusive yet omnipresent concept of “Qi”. Qi is harmoniously balanced, there is good health. Energy is free to move and transform- that can mean many different…

  • Herbal Medicine: Nature’s Pharmacy in Traditional Chinese Medicine
    Herbal Medicine: Nature’s Pharmacy in Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic healthcare system with deep historical roots that span thousands of years. One of its integral components is herbal medicine, often referred to as nature’s pharmacy. Understanding the use of herbal remedies in TCM and their role in promoting health and treating various health issues provides insights into a…

  • Hawthorn Fruit’s Chemical Background for Reducing Liver Ailments
    Hawthorn Fruit’s Chemical Background for Reducing Liver Ailments

    Extracts from hawthorn are beneficial against cancer, fibrosis, inflammation, fat deposition, and hepatic toxicity. Hawthorn extracts may have their pharmacological effects primarily from decreased hepatic oxidative stress, which inhibits excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS) attack and subsequently promotes the recovery of hepatocellular function. Its modulatory role in hepatic pathologic conditions also involves the regulation of…