Ligustrum - Ligustrum Lucidum

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This Ligustrum (Ligustrum lucidum) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Ligustrum - Ligustrum lucidum in the Oleaceae or Olive family

Part used: Fruits.

Taste/smell: Sweet and bitter.

Tendencies: Cooling.

Dosage: Decoction: 1-2 teaspoons per cup of water; or 1:4 dry strength liquid extract: 10-40 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: Ligustrum is indicated with kidney weakness, weak back and knees, hearing loss, blurred vision, constipation and immunological disorders. It is a yin tonic in Chinese medicine. Ligustrum is used to strengthen the whole body.

Use: (a) Tonic for kidney and liver, (b) Immunomodulator, (c) Antioxidant, (d) Antibacterial.

This herb is used to enhance white blood cell counts after chemotherapy or radiation treatment. It is also commonly used in conjunction with astragalus to in formulas for people with cancer. Ligustrum is one of the famous Chinese longevity tonics.

Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time.

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