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Herba Ammanniae Bacciferae

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Shui Xian Cai (Herba Ammanniae Bacciferae)


The drug is the dried or fresh whole herb of Ammannia baccifera L. (Family Lythraceae), growing in swampy places or irrigated fields, and distributed in East China, South China, and Hebei, Shaanxi, Hunan, Hubei and Yunnan.

  1. 水苋菜
  2. Common ammannia herb
  3. Shui Xian Cai

The Effect of Herba Ammanniae Bacciferae


Sweet, bland, cool; heart and kidney meridians entered.


Clear heat and induce diuresis, eliminate swelling and remove toxicity.


Heat stranguria, dysmenorrhea, sores and boils, snake bites, ascites, swelling and aching of gum, haemorrhoids, gonorrhea, dysentery.

Dosage and Administrations

Decoct 15~30 g, or pounded into juice with the fresh for oral taking. Proper dosage is for external application, pounded for applying or decocted for washing.