Herb of Verbena officinalis L., family Verbenaceae.
A herb, high 0.5-1.0 meter. Stem square. Leaves opposite, basal leaves
deeply cracked, margin irregularly serrate; basal leaves rarely lobed;
both surfaces covered by scabrous hairs. Spike terminal or axillary, slender.
Flower small; labiate corolla blue-purple. Bitter in taste, slightly cold
in nature, and attributive to liver and spleen channels.
1. Clear away heat and toxic material: For diphtheria, sore-throat, common
cold of wind-heat type, skin infection, dysentery and diarrhea of wind-heat
type, leucorrhagia of dampness-heat type. Recently, also used for icteric
infectious hepatitis and mycotic vaginitis.
2. Promote blood circulation to remove blood stasis: For blood-stasis
syndrome with amenia, dysmenorrhea, or abdominal mass. Recently, used
3. Prevent recurrence of malaria and kill parasites: For malaria and filariasis.
Promote diuresis: For edema, wet beriberi, stranguria of heat type.
1. Antiphlogistic and analgesic.
2. Its decoction inhibits the growth of Bacillus diphtheriae and Bacillus
typhi in vitro.
3. Stimulating the uterus in rats and human.
10-30g; 40-60g daily for diphtheria, malaria and hepatitis.
Local application: Decoction for vaginal irrigation and medicated cotton
ball for vaginal suppository in case of mycotic vaginitis.