Dendrobium is a very important and wonderful tonic herb. Dendrobium stems and pods replenish Yin Essence (Yin Jing), generate fluids and clear heat.
Dendrobium is 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 energy.
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
Specifications: 2 Fl. Oz.
Ingredients: Dendrobium stem, Raw Rehmannia root, Lycium fruit, Ligustrum lucidum fruit, Chinese White Peony root, Anemarrhena rhizome
Other Ingredients: Water and alcohol
Usage: 3-12 droppers per day or as directed by your health care practitioner
Remember 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.”