Wind Weed Rhizome

Ingredient Name: Zhi mu, Wind weed rhizome, windweed rhizome, anemarrhenae asphodeloidis, anemarrhena rhizome

Traditional Chinese Name: 知母肉 (Zhī mǔ ròu) or 知母 (Zhī mǔ)

What is this?
  • Commonly known Chinese medicine
  • The extracted and dried fibrous roots of a perennial herb called Anemarrhena
  • The roots are slightly brownish yellow to brown in color and often string (or hairy)
  • It is slightly bitter to taste and classified as cold (or cooling)

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse well in warm water

Where can I buy this?

  • Available in Chinese herbalist or specialty stores
  • Sometimes available in HK wet marts

What is the cost?

  • Relatively affordable

Any benefits?

  • This herb targets the lung, stomach and kidneys
  • Helps are removing internal heat (or heatiness)
  • Excellent for relieving symptoms of coughs, dry coughs and constipation
  • Often used in medicine combination for people with asthma or shortness of breath
  • Aids in sleep and relaxing tension

Any precautions?

  • As it is a cooling ingredient, pregnant women in their first trimester should take caution as cooling ingredients cause contractions

Any additional information?

  • Store in a cool, dry place
  • Can store up to 3 months in a sealed container