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Lophatherum (Danzhuye)

Pharmaceutical Name:

Herba Lophatheri

Botanical Name:

Lophatherum gracile Brongn.

Common Name:

Lophatherum

Source of Earliest Record:

Bencao Gangmu

Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:

The leaves are gathered in summer, dried in the sun and cut into pieces.

Properties and Taste:

Sweet or no taste and cold

Meridian:

Heart, stomach and small intestine

Functions:

To clear heat and benefit urination
To clear heat in the heart and lessen irritability

Indications and Combinations:

1.     Febrile diseases manifested as irritability, thirst and fever.
*Use with Gypsum (Shigao) and Anemarrhena rhizome (Zhimu).

2.     Heat in the heart, stomach and small intestine manifested as ulcerations of the mouth and tongue and scanty, painful urination.
*Use with Fresh rehmannia root (Shengdihuang) and Clematis stem (Mutong).

Dosage:

5-10 g

Cautions:

The herb should be used with caution during pregnancy.