April 28, 2016

Rehmannia

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What other names is Rehmannia known by?

Chinese Foxglove, Chinese Rehmanniae Radix, Chinese RR, Di Huang, Dihuang, Gun-Ji-Whang, Japanese Rehmanniae Radix, Japanese RR, Jio, Juku-Jio, Kan-Jio, R. Glutinosa, Racine de Rehmannia, Rehmanniae, Rehmannia Glutinosa Oligosaccharide, Rehmannia glutinosa, Rehmannia Radac, Rehmanniae Radix, Rehmanniae Root, RR, Rhemannia Root, Rehmannia Steamed Root, RGAE, RGX, ROS, Saeng-Ji-Whang, Sho-Jio, Shu Di Huang, Sook-Ji-Whang, To-Byun.

What is Rehmannia?

Rehmannia is a plant. The root and parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. Rehmannia is commonly found in herbal combinations used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Japanese Medicine.

Rehmannia is used for diabetes, "tired blood" (anemia), fever, weakened bones (osteoporosis), and allergies; and as a general tonic.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Anemia caused by bone marrow failure (aplastic anemia). Early research suggests that taking rehmannia along with the steroidal drug stanozolol might help improve symptoms of aplastic anemia better than stanozolol alone.
  • Chronic lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD). Early research suggests that taking a Chinese herbal decoction containing rehmannia root and angelica (tongfei mixture) by mouth along with oxygen treatment might improve oxygen levels during the night better than oxygen treatment alone in people with COPD and low oxygen levels.
  • Diabetes.
  • Fever.
  • "Weakened bones" (osteoporosis).
  • Allergies.
  • As a general tonic.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of rehmannia for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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