Shan Yao (山药)

Rhizoma Dioscoreae, Chinese Yam


Shan Yao has been used to treat diarrhea, fatigue, spontaneous sweating, anorexia, chronic cough, spermatorrhea, vaginal discharge, and urinary frequency. Powdered Chinese Yam can also be offered to breakfast congee or oatmeal and fresh Shan Yao can be bought at the grocery store and used in vegetable stir-fry.



  • Cold
  • Cool
  • Neutral
  • Warm
  • Hot


  • Sour
  • Bitter
  • Sweet
  • Acrid
  • Salty
  • Neutral
  • Aromatic


  • Bladder
  • Gallbladder
  • Heart
  • Kidney
  • Large Intestine
  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Pericardium
  • San Jiao
  • Small Intestine
  • Spleen
  • Stomach




Tonifies the Spleen

Nourishes Stomach Yin

Stops Diarrhea

Tonifies Lung Qi

Nourishes Lung Yin

Tonifies Kidney Yin

Astringes Jing


*The above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult a licensed physician before taking supplements or new medication.
Please Note: Do not self-prescribe herbs. A single herb is rarely eaten on its own, but as part of a formula containing several ingredients that act together. Always consult a certified Tradtional Oriental Medicine practitioner before using herbs.



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