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Homalomena (qian nian jian)

What is homalomena? What is it used for?

Homalomena is a perennial type of garden plant found worldwide, especially in the tropical and humid climates of Central America and Asia. It can reach a height of approximately nine inches, with dark, heart-shaped green leaves.

The Chinese name for homalomena is "qian nian jian," which means "thousand years of health." The rhizomes of homalomena are used in herbal preparations. They are dug up in the spring or autumn, cleaned, dried in the sun, then cut into slices for use.

In traditional Chinese medicine, homalomena has bitter, pungent and warm properties, and is associated with the Liver and Kidney meridians. Its main functions are to dispel wind and dampness, and to strengthen the tendons and bones. Homalomena is used to treat pain and weakness in the lower back and knees, along with numbness in the lower extremities.

How much homalomena should I take?

The typical dosage of homalomena is between 5 and 10 grams, usually decocted in water. A popular herbal formula combines homalomena (soaked in wine) with tiger bone, cyathula and wolfberry.

What forms of homalomena are available?

Sliced, dried homalomena rhizome can be found at some Asian markets and specialty stores. Homalomena pills and powders are also available. In addition, some vendors sell formulas that contain homalomena.

What can happen if I take too much homalomena? Are there any interactions I should be aware of? What precautions should I take?

Homalomena should not be given to patients diagnosed with yin deficiency. As of this writing, there are no known drug interactions or adverse side-effects associated with taking homalomena. As always, make sure to consult with a licensed health care provider before taking homalomena or any other herbal remedy or dietary supplement.

References

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