Eclipta ( 旱莲草 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Ecliptae Prostratae

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Han Lian Cao

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used

Whole plant




Sweet, sour

Meridians Entered

Liver, Kidneys

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat spontaneous bleeding from nose, uterus, and Lungs, and blood in urine (TCM: heat in Blood); also used to treat dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, premature graying of hair, vertigo, loss of teeth, and sore back and knees (TCM: deficient Liver and Kidney Yin syndromes).

Traditional Usages and Functions

Nourishes and tonifies Liver and Kidney Yin; cools Blood and stops bleeding.

Common Formulas Used In

Concha Marguerita and Ligustrum.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use where there is a deficiency cold pattern in the Liver or Kidneys.

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