Information on Ligustrum

Latin NameLigustrum lucidum
Other NamesWax privet
Part UsedFruit
Herb FormsTincture, powdered extract, bulk herb.
AffectsBlood, Immune system, Liver
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA large shrub or small tree in the Olive family with dark green glossy leaves and clusters of small creamy flowers, then small purple berries.
DescriptionLigustrum is a liver and kidney protectant used for such symptoms as low back pain, premature greying, dizziness, and tinnitus, which often signify adrenal weakness from overwork and stress. Science has supported the traditional use of ligustrum for strengthening the immune system during cancer treatment. Chinese herbalists highly value this herb and use it to nourish the liver and adrenals, for dizziness, low back pain, and palpitations.

Ligustrum has a taste of BITTER, SWEET and a temperature of NEUTRAL.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture2 droppersful 2-3 x daily
Extract1 capsule 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Ligustrum

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Chronic fatigue syndromedeep immune tonictincture, tablet, capsule
Debilityimmune tonictincture
Eyes, drynourishes liver and adrenalstincture, tea
Immune deficiencydeep acting immune tonictincture, tea
Chemotherapy side effectsimmune strengthenertincture, tea
Impotencekidney and hormone tonicextract, tincture, tea
Dizziness, mildkidney and hormone tonicextract in capsules, tablets, tea
Adrenals, weakkidney and adrenal tonicextract in capsules, tablets, tea


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McGuffin, M. et al. 1997. Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton: CRC Press.
Bensky, D. and A. Gamble. 1986. Chinese Herbal Medicine. Seattle: Eastland Press.