Information on Cornus

Latin NameCornus officinalis
Part UsedFruit
Herb FormsBulk herb.
AffectsUrinary system, Liver
CautionsContraindicated in people with painful or difficult urination.
Botanical InfoMedium-sized tree or shrub with elliptical leaves with prominent veins. The red berries are used for food and medicine.
DescriptionCornus is used to strengthen the kidneys and for symptoms such as incontinence, copious urination, impotence, and excessive sweating. The herb is also added to formulas for adrenal weakness with fatigue accompanied by such symptoms as night sweats, chronic lower back pain, ringing in the ears, and chronic infections.

Cornus has a taste of SOUR and a temperature of WARM.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Cornus

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Incontinencetonifying bladder astringenttea, tincture, capsule
Urination, frequentkidney/bladder tonictea, capsules, tablets


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Bensky, D. and A. Gamble. 1986. Chinese Herbal Medicine. Seattle: Eastland Press.