Ligustrum - Ligustrum lucidum (in the Oleaceae or Olive family)
Part used: Fruits.
Taste/smell: Sweet and bitter.
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 treat cancer. Ligustrum is one of the famous Chinese longevity tonics.
Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time.