Equisetum debile

Species: Equisetum debile 

English name: Frail Horsetail

Chinese name:  筆管草、纖弱木賊、節骨草、土木賊、木賊

Family: Equisetaceae


Perennial herbs. Rhizome is black with aerial stems. Leaves are attached at node, forming a sheath around the stem. It grows on damp soil along the bank of streams.

Preparation: The whole herb is used and collected all year round. Washed and dried under the sun.

Properties: Sweet, slightly bitter in taste, mild in nature.

Actions and indications: It is used to clear heat, promote diuresis, clear liver-fire, and to improve vision. Indicated for acute conjunctivitis, icteric hepatitis and urethral stone.





Department of Gardens and Green Areas, Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau of Macao Special Administrative Region, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Science 2005. Flora of Macao (Volume 1). Macao, SAR: Author