|Pharmaceutical Name:||Herba Menthae|
|Botanical Name:||Mentha haplocalyx Brig.|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Xinxiu Bencao|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The entire plant, including leaves, is gathered in any season. The leaves can be picked two or three times each year, dried in a shady place and then cut into pieces.|
|Properties and Taste:||Pungent and cool|
|Meridian:||Lung and liver|
|Functions:||To disperse wind-heat and clear the head and eyes
To promote liver qi, allowing it to flow freely
To bring rashes to the surface
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Wind-heat exterior syndrome manifested as fever, headache, mild aversion to wind and cold, sore throat and red eyes.
*Use with Platycodon root (Jiegeng), Arctium fruit (Niubangzi) and Chrysanthemum flower (Juhua).
2. Early stage of measles with slight rash.
*Use with Arctium fruit (Niubangzi) and Pueraria root (Gegen).
3. Stagnation of qi in the liver manifested as a full sensation and pain in the chest and costal region.
*Use with White peony root (Baishao) and Bupleurum root (Chaihu) in the formula Xiaoyao San .
|Cautions:||This herb should not be boiled for a long time.|