Species: Achyranthes aspera
English Name: Common Achyranthes
Chinese Name: 土牛膝
Herbs perennial, 20-120 cm tall. Stem tetragonal, pubescent with nodes slightly inflated. Its branches are opposite, with petioled, ovoid or obovate leaves. Flowers are arranged in a spike, erect upwards before flowering.
It can be found growing on wastelands, roadside and near villages.
Preparation: Whole plant is used. It can be collected in summer and autumn, well washed, chopped and sun-dried.
Properties: Slightly bitter in taste, cool in nature.
Actions and Indications: Clears heat, relieves exterior syndrome, promotes diuresis. Indicated for common cold marked by fever; tonsillitis, mumps, rheumatic arthritis, traumatic injury, etc.
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- Wu ZY, Raven PH, Hong DY (eds) (2003). Flora of China, Volume 5: Ulmaceae through Basellaceae. Science Press, Beijing, and Missouri Bot Garden Press, St. Louis