Herba Commelinae


Herb of Commelina communis L, family Commelinaceae.

A 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 intestine channels.

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.
2. Clear away heat and promote diuresis: For stranguria of heat type, edema, jaundice of dampness-heat type. Also for common wart.

Pharmacological Action

Administration Decoction: 15-30g (dried herb); 30-90g (fresh herb). External use: Appropriate amount.


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