Rehmania (Rehmannia glutinosa) also known as Chinese foxglove, di-huang, shu di-huang, disui, is a medicinal plant, traditionally used in Chinese and Japanese medicine. The root and parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.
Rehmannia is the most important Chinese herb for disorders of the kidneys and adrenal glands.
According to practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), rehmannia root can “balance the yin.” The herb grows in parts of northern and north eastern China and has been used in medicine for over 2,000 years. Its thick brownish-black roots are used for a variety of medical purposes. It’s commonly used to treat conditions believed to be caused by yin deficiency. These include a whole host of complications, including: allergies, anaemia, cancer, constipation, diabetes, fever, eczema, high blood pressure, bacterial and fungal infections, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, insomnia, and pain relief.
In Western herbal medicine, rehmannia glutinosa root extract is looked upon as an adrenal tonic; and is believed to support the cells of the adrenal cortex and pituitary during times of prolonged stress.
Under the care of a qualified practitioner, Rehmannia will often be prescribed for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. As an anti-inflammatory and immune modulator, it can ease the symptoms and progression of the disease. Rehmannia will often be prescribed along with Hemidesmus (Hemidesmus indicus) and Bupleurum (Bupleurum chinense) for autoimmune conditions.
In one study, patients with rheumatoid arthritis were treated with rehmannia and experienced good results, including a reduction of joint pain, swelling, and increased joint movement.
Rehmannia supplements are available in the form of a rehmannia complex, which will combine synergistic herbs and nutrients, liquid rehmannia root extract, or as a powder in capsules or tablets.
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