Cnidum  (Shi Chuang Zi)

Latin:  Cnidum monnieri

Family:  Apiaceae

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.