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Xi Cao

Name

Xi Cao (Hornwort herb)

Sources

The drug is the dried whole herb of Ceratophyllum demersum L. (family Ceratophyllaceae),

  1. 细草
  2. Hornwort herb
  3. Jin Yu Zao
  4. 金鱼藻

The Effect of Xi Cao

Actions

Cool blood to stop bleeding, clear heat and induce diuresis.

Indications

Hemoptysis, hematemesis caused by blood-heat, pyretic stranguria.

Dosage and Administrations

Decoct 3~6 g, or made into powder.

Contraindication

It is contraindicated in case of loose stool and bleeding caused by deficiency-cold.