Lysimachia - Desmodium
( 金钱草 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Glechoma Longituba

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Jin Qian Cao

Common English Name

Lysimachia, Desmodium, or other names relative to locale

Part of Plant Used

Whole plant




Sweet, bland, slightly salty

Meridians Entered

Lungs, Liver, Gallbladder

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat stones in urinary or bile tracts, and to treat symptoms of stones including inflammation, spasm, and swelling of surrounding tissue; also reputed to be useful in treating snakebites, jaundice, abscesses, and traumatic injury.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Expels stones; clears heat and promotes urination; clears Liver Channel heat; detoxifies poison and reduces swelling.

Common Formulas Used In

Rhubarb and Scutellaria.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use for excessive periods of time due to the herb's diuretic effect.

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