|Pharmaceutical Name:||Herba Dianthi|
|Botanical Name:||Dianthus superbus L.
Dianthus chinensis L.
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The whole plant is gathered and dried after it flowers in summer or autumn.|
|Properties and Taste:||Bitter and cold|
|Meridian:||Heart, small intestines and urinary bladder|
|Functions:||To promote urination and regulate abnormal urination
To invigorate blood circulation
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Damp-heat in the urinary bladder manifested as scanty urine with blood, painful urination, frequent urination and urgency of micturition.
*Use with Clematis stem (Mutong), Talc (Huashi) and Common knotgrass (Bianxu) in the formula Bazheng San.
2. Amenorrhea from blood stagnation
*Use with herbs that invigorate blood circulation, such as Peach seed (Taoren) and Safflower (Honghua).
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated during pregnancy.|