Leonuris ( 益母草 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Yi Mu Cao
Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Pericardium, Liver, Heart, Kidneys
This herb is used in formulas to treat acute-onset edema, especially with blood in urine; also used to treat high blood pressure, irregular menstruation with cramping and masses, and certain types of eczema; has also been used for retention of placenta. (TCM: Kidney imbalance; toxic Blood or Blood deficiency).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Invigorates Blood and regulates menstruation; invigorates Blood and reduces masses; promotes urination and reduces swelling.
Common Formulas Used In
Leonuris and Achyranthes.
Cautions in Use
Do not use during pregnancy. Do not use where there is deficient Yin or Blood.