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Herba Ammanniae Bacciferae

水苋菜
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Name

Shui Xian Cai (Herba Ammanniae Bacciferae)

Sources

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. Shui Xian Cai
  3. Common ammannia herb

The Effect of Herba Ammanniae Bacciferae

Property

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

Actions

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

Indications

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.