Cnidum (Shi Chuang Zi)
Latin: Cnidum monnieri
Parts Used: Seeds
Taste/Energetics: Bitter, acrid, warming
Properties: Aphrodisiac, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiinflammatory, analgesic, hypotensive, expectorant, circulatory tonic
Actions: This is a Chinese herb that is commonly used for sexual dysfunction such as premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, abnormal vaginal discharge and is known for increasing both men and women’s libido and treating infertility. Cnidum is also useful for treating skin conditions externally such as ringworm, rashes, eczema, vaginitis due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties.
Dosage: 1-3 grams in capsules daily, 1-2 tsp in pint of water decocted for 30 minutes, or in salve/cream
Contraindications: Can induce nausea, drowsiness, stomach upset in some at large doses internally.