Herb of Gnaphalium affine D. Don, family compositae.
A herb. Stem branching at the base. Leaves alternate and spathulate. Capitulum
numerous, clustered at the top of the stem. Involucre in three layers
and yellow; radial corolla filiform, central corolla cylindrical and yellow.
The whole plant covered by white downs. Sweet and bland in taste, mild
in nature, and attributive to liver, spleen and lung channels.
1. Promote diuresis and relieve jaundice: For hemolytic disorders such
as favism, acquired autoimmune hemolysis, lupus erythematosus hemolysis,
drug-induced hemolysis (primaquine, sulfamethoxypyrida zine (SMP), etc.),
paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, and some unknown causes, also for
icteric hepatitis, usually used together with Herba Artemisae Scopariae,
Herba Pteridis Multifidae and Herba Plantaginis.
2. Eliminate sputum, relieve cough and dyspnea: For productive cough and
dyspnea of exogenous and endogenous origin.
3. Lower blood pressure: For hypertension.
An titussive and expectorant.
Decoction: 10-30g; 30-60g for hemolytic disorders.