Tai Zi Shen – Pseudostellaria root – “Prince Root” or “Child Root” or “Son of the Emperor Root”

Nature: sweet, slightly bitter, neutral

Enters: Spleen, Lung

Actions: Tonifies Lung Qi and spleen Qi; produces body fluids.

• Spleen and Lung Qi deficiency: poor appetite, fatigue, palpitations, spontaneous sweating.
• Lung Yin deficiency: cough and thirst.
• Commonly used for Spleen Qi deficiency with Stomach yin deficiency.
• Thirst and injury to fluids after a febrile disease.
• Unrelenting fever or summer-heat in children.
• Specifically considered a weak Qi tonic (yet not inexpensive)
• Used with Wu wei zi to treat “neurasthenia”: fatigue, lassitude, depression, anxiety, etc.
• Similar to Xi yang shen, but gentle – weaker than Xi yang shen at tonifying both Qi and Yin, but a reasonable substitute for mild cases of Qi and Yin deficiency.
• Can often be used as a substitute for Ren shen, especially in cases of liver Yang rising.
• Contraindicated for use with Li lu.
MLT: Very similar to Starflower (Trientalis borealis) of the Pacific Northwest United States.

Dose: 9-30g

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