Leonuris ( 益母草 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Leonuri Heterophylli

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Yi Mu Cao

Common English Name

Chinese Motherwort

Part of Plant Used

Whole plant


Slightly cold


Acrid, bitter

Meridians Entered

Pericardium, Liver, Heart, Kidneys

Common Usages

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.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use during pregnancy. Do not use where there is deficient Yin or Blood.

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