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Herba Ecliptae

Mo Han Lian
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Mo Han Lian (Herba Ecliptae)——Xin Xiu Ben Cao (Newly Revised Materia Medica)

  1. Mo Han Lian
  2. 旱蓮草
  3. 墨旱莲
  4. 旱莲草
  5. Han Lian Cao
  6. Yerbadetajo Herb
  7. 墨旱蓮

The Processing of Herba Ecliptae


The part above the ground of the annual herbaceous Eclipat prostrate L. of family Compositae.


Most areas in China.


Plucked in summer.

The actual smell and taste

Sweet smell, light flavor, slightly salty and astringent.

Best quality

Blackish green with plenty leaves.



The Effect of Herba Ecliptae


Sweet, sour, cold; liver and kidney meridians entered.


Nourish liver and kidney, cool blood to stop bleeding.


A. Liver and kidney yin deficiency syndromes

It is indicated for dizziness, blurred vision, dim sight, early white of beard and hair, soreness and limpness of lumbar and knees due to yin deficiency of liver and kidney, or yin deficiency with effulgent fire, because it can nourish yin of liver and kidney. It is applied singly, such as in Han Lian Gao from Yi Deng Xu Yan (Continue Lightening of Medicine Light); or it is combined with other liver and kidney tonics, for instance, it is used with Nv Zhen Zi in Er Zhi Wan from Yi Fang Ji Jie.

B. Bleeding syndromes

It is indicated for bleeding due to blood heat, especially for bleeding due to yin deficiency with blood heat, because it can nourish yin, clear heat, and cool blood to stop bleeding. It can be applied singly, both twisted for juice with fresh herb and decocted with dry herb are effective, or it is combined with yin-nourishing, blood cooling to Stop bleeding herbs, such as Sheng Di Huang, E Jiao, Bai Mao Gen and Pu Huang.

Dosage and Administrations

Decoct 10~30 g. Appropriate dosage for external use.