Herba Elsholtziae seu Moslae


Herb of Elsholtzia splendens Nakai ex F. Maekawa and Mosla chinensis Maxim., family Labiatae.

E. splendens: Herb. Stem square. Leaves opposite, rectangle rounded lanceolate. Pseudo-spike terminal, unilaterally oblique; bracts rounded, aristate. The whole plant covered with pubescent. M chinenss: Leaves striped-lanceolate, inflorescence not oblique; bracts not aristate. Both are acrid in taste, slightly warm in nature, and attributive to lung and stomach channels.

1. Induce sweating to expel exogenous evils from the body surface, expel summer-heat and eliminate dampness: For common cold in summer time and summer heat-dampness syndrome with chilliness, fever, headache and anhidrosis, or vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain, used together with Herba Agastachis, Herba Eupatorli, Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis.
2. Promote diuresis and relieve edema: For cases of edema and dysuria.

Pharmacological Action
1. Its volatile oil causes dilation and congestion of renal blood vessels and exerts a diuretic effect.
2. Expectorant.
3. Virostatic. Its decoction (1:20) inhibits the growth of ECHO11 virus.

Administration Decoction: 3-10g.


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