Herba Menthae


The branch and leaf of Mentha haplocalyx Briq., family Labiatae.

A herb. Stem square, leaves opposite, elliptical; both covered with white hairs and glandular scales. Flowers axillary and as verticillaster. Stem section showing white and hollow pith. Aromatic in odour. Acrid in taste, cool in nature, and attributive to liver and lung channels.

1. Expel wind and heat, clear away heat from head and eye and ease the throat: For common cold of wind-heat type and early stage of seasonal febrile disease with mild chilliness, anhidrosis, headache and general aching, and headache of wind-heat type, eye pain, sorethroat, used together with Flos Lonicerae, Fructus Forsythiae, etc.
2. Disperse wind, let out the skin eruption and alleviate itching: For the early stage of eruptive diseases and urticaria, usually used together with Periostracum Cicadae, Fructus Arctll, etc.

Pharmacological Action
1. Stimulating the central nervous system, dilating cutaneous capillaries and accelerating the secretion of sweat glands.
2. Its component camphor is an expectorant, its volatile oil is a stomachic.

Administration Decoction: 2-10g (decocted later).


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