|Pharmaceutical Name:||Herba portulacae|
|Botanical Name:||Portulaca oleracea L.|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Xinxiu Bencao|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The entire plant is gathered in summer, steamed or boiled and then dried in the sun.|
|Properties and Taste:||Sour and cold|
|Meridian:||Large intestine and liver|
|Functions:||To clear heat and release toxins
To cool the blood and stop dysentery
|Indications and Combinations:||Dysentery manifested as fever, abdominal pain, blood and pus in the stool and tenesmus.
*Use with Scutellaria root (Huangqin) and Coptis root (Huanglian). Also, can be taken alone as treatment for these symptoms.
|Dosage:||30-60 g (double dosage for the fresh herb)|