Fruit of Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad., family Chenopodiaceae.
oblate, covered by persistent perianth; perianth 5-lobed, triangular membranous
wings spreading out from its lateral side, forming five pointed stars;
dotted fruit stalk scars and 5-10 radial ridges appearing in the middle
of its back. Sweet and bitter in taste, cold in nature, and attributive
to urinary bladder channel.
1. Clear away heat and promote diuresis: For stranguria of heat type and
2. Kill parasite, expel wind and alleviate itching: For skin lesion of
dampness type, urticaria, scabies
and vaginal pruritis with discharge. Recently also used for erythma multiforme,
pityriasis rosea, mycotic vaginitis, etc.
Inhibiting the growth of various dermatomyces vitro.
Extemal use: Appropriate amount.