Alismatis (泽泻) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Alismatis Plantago Aquaticae; Alismatis
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Tuberous stem (bulb)
This herb is most often used in formulas for its ability to gently promote urination; also used to treat blood in the urine, difficulty in urination, diarrhea, thirst, and phlegm retention; may also be used for pelvic infections, leukorrhea (mucousy vaginal discharge), herpes, abdominal bloating, kidney stones, and diabetic syndrome.
Traditional Usages and Functions
For urinary-tract heat-damp imbalances without the strong yin-injuring effect of many other herbs and diuretics that drain dampness.
Common Formulas Used In
Anemarrhena, Phellodendron, and Rehmannia Eight; Immortal Long Life Pill; Gentiana; Hoelen Five; Rehmannia and Dogwood Fruit; Rehmannia and Magnetitum; Rehmannia Eight; Rehmannia Six.
Cautions in Use
Long-term usage of alismatis can irritate the intestines. Do not use with deficient Kidney Yang or damp cold with leakage of sperm or with leukorrhea.