Mi Meng Hua (Flos Buddlejae)

What Is Mi Meng Hua (Flos Buddlejae)

Mi Meng Hua also known as Flos Buddlejae is the flower bud and inflorescence of Buddleja Officinalis, which is a deciduous shrub belonging to the family Loganiaceae. It first appeared in <Lei Gong Pao Zhi Lun> (Master Lei’s Discourse on Processing of Chinese Materia Medica) in the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420 AD–589 AD). Buddleja … Read More

Gu Jing Cao (Pipewort or Eriocaulon Buergerianum)

What Is Gu Jing Cao (Pipewort or Eriocaulon Buergerianum)

Gu Jing Cao is also known as Pipewort or Eriocaulon Buergerianum, which is an annual herb belonging to the family Eriocaulaceae. It initially appeared in <Kaibao Bencao> (Materia Medica of the Kaibao Period) around 974 AD. Eriocaulon is a large genus with about 400 species, widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. … Read More

Jue Ming Zi (Semen Cassiae or Cassia Seed)

What Is Jue Ming Zi (Semen Cassiae or Cassia Seed)

Jue Ming Zi commonly known as Cao Jue Ming, Semen Cassiae or Cassia Seed is the mature seed of Cassia obtusifolia or Cassia tora, which are annual herb belonging to Leguminosae. It has a medicinal history of more than 2,000 years. Cassia obtusifolia originated in the Yangtze River Basin of China and is now distributed … Read More

Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)

What Is Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)

Jiaogulan is also known as five-leaf ginseng, sweet tea vine, southern ginseng, or Gynostemma pentaphyllum, which is a perennial climbing vine belonging to the family Cucurbitaceae. It first appeared in <Jiuhuang Bencao> (Materia Medica for Relief of Famines) in 1,406 AD. There are at least 17 species of Gynostemma, which are mainly distributed in tropical … Read More

Xia Ku Cao (Spica Prunellae)

What Is Xia Ku Cao (Spica Prunellae)

Xia Ku Cao also known as Spica Prunellae is the spike of Prunella Vulgaris. It is a relatively practical and common Chinese herbal medicine with a medicinal history of over 2000 years. Prunella Vulgaris is commonly known as Self-heal or Heal-all, which is a perennial herb of the family Lamiaceae. It is a common lawn … Read More

Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae or Cape Jasmine Fruit)

What Is Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae or Cape Jasmine Fruit)

Zhi Zi also known as Fructus Gardeniae or Cape Jasmine Fruit is the ripe fruit of Gardenia Jasminoides, which is an evergreen shrub of the family Rubiaceae. It has more than 2,000 years of medicinal history and can be used as food. Gardenia Jasminoides often grows in hills, valleys, hillsides or thickets at an altitude … Read More

Commelina Communis (Asiatic Dayflower or Ya Zhi Cao)

What Is Commelina Communis (Asiatic Dayflower or Ya Zhi Cao)

Commelina Communis is commonly known as Asiatic Dayflower or Ya Zhi Cao, which is an annual herb belonging to the family Commelinaceae. It first appeared in <Bencao Shiyi> (Gleanings from the Bencao) around 739 AD. The plant originated in most parts of East and Southeast Asia and was later introduced to Europe and North America. … Read More

Zhu Ye (Bamboo Leaf)

All About Zhu Ye (Bamboo Leaf)

Zhu Ye is also known as Bamboo Leaf and can be used for medicine and food. It first appeared in <Mingyi Bie Lu> around 420-589 AD. Bamboo is the general name of Bambusoideae. They have more than 70 genera and about 1,200 species. Among them, some types of bamboo shoots can be eaten, and some … Read More

Dan Zhu Ye (Lophatherum)

What Is Dan Zhu Ye (Lophatherum)

Dan Zhu Ye is the stem and leaf of Lophatherum gracile, which is a perennial herb belonging to the Poaceae. It has a medicinal history of more than 1,000 years. Most of these plants are wild and rarely planted. It often grows on hillsides, woodlands, or shades by roads. It can be found in India, … Read More

Hong Teng (Da Xue Teng or Sargentodoxa Cuneata)

What Is Hong Teng (Da Xue Teng or Sargentodoxa Cuneata)

Hong Teng is also known as Da Xue Teng or Sargentodoxa Cuneata, which is a deciduous woody liana belonging to the family Lardizabalaceae. It first appeared in <Ben Cao Tu Jing> (Illustrated Canon of Herbology) in the 11th century. This plant often grows in forests or bushes at an altitude of 700-1600 meters. It can … Read More