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Ophiopogon, commonly known as Mai Men Dong in Chinese, is a powerful yin-nourishing herb used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to address a variety of health concerns. Its pharmaceutical name is Ophiopogonis Tuber, and it is also known as Bakumondo in Japanese. The herb belongs to the Tonify the Yin category in TCM, which helps to replenish the body's vital essence and improve overall health.

Symptoms and TCM Patterns

Ophiopogon is commonly used to treat symptoms and TCM patterns associated with:

  • Lung Yin-Injury
  • Lung Yin-Deficiency
  • Dryness
  • Fire
  • Yin-Deficient
  • Stomach-Yin Deficient
  • Intestines-Dry

When examining the tongue, a dry appearance can indicate the need for Ophiopogon. While there are no specific pulse indications for its use, it is important to consider the overall health condition of the patient.


Ophiopogon should not be used in cases of:

  • Loose stools
  • Spleen deficiency
  • Congested fluids
  • Wind cold-cough

These contraindications should be taken into consideration before using the herb to avoid potential complications or worsening of symptoms.

Treatment Principles

Ophiopogon is used to:

  • Nourish Stomach Yin
  • Nourish Spleen Yin
  • Nourish Heart Yin
  • Nourish Lung Yin
  • Clear Heat
  • Calm Irritability
  • Moisten the Lungs
  • Nourish Yin
  • Cool Lungs
  • Generate Fluids
  • Moisten the Intestines
  • Clear the Heart

These treatment principles highlight the herb's ability to provide nourishment, clear heat, and restore balance in the body.

Properties and Tastes

Ophiopogon primarily affects the following channels in the body:

  • Heart (33%)
  • Lung (33%)
  • Stomach (33%)

It has a slightly cold property (100%) and tastes sweet (50%) and slightly bitter (50%).


Ophiopogon (Mai Men Dong) is a potent yin-nourishing herb that plays an essential role in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It addresses a range of symptoms and TCM patterns, replenishing the body's vital essence and promoting overall well-being. By understanding its properties, treatment principles, and potential contraindications, practitioners can effectively incorporate Ophiopogon into their practice to help patients achieve balance and optimal health.

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