Herb of Commelina communis L, family Commelinaceae.
sub-creeping herb. Stem longitudinally ridged, 0.2 cm in diameter, with
buds and fibrous roots on the large nodes. Leaves alternate, ovate-lanceolate,
3-9 cm long, apex acuminate, bases clasping the stem, with curved vein.
Bracts are wind-cap-like when the flowers remain, petal blue. Sweet and
bland in taste, cold in nature, and attributive to lung, stomach and small
1. Clear away heat and toxic materials: For common cold of wind-heat type,
seasonal febrile diseases, sorethroat, skin infections, erysipelas and
dysentery; topical application of fresh juice may be used for hordeolum.
Clear away heat and promote diuresis: For stranguria of heat type, edema,
jaundice of dampness-heat type. Also for common wart.
Decoction: 15-30g (dried herb); 30-90g (fresh herb). External use: