Flos Gomphrenae


The capitulum of Gomphrena globosa L., family Amaranthaceae.

Inflorescence oblong or spherical, 2.02.5 cm long, composed of numerous sessile flower, each flower with 3 purple-red dry membranous bracts and 5 perianths. The base of the inflorescence bearing 2 green involucres. Sweet in taste, mild in nature, and attributive to king and liver channels.

1. Relieve cough and dyspnea: For cough, dyspnea and whooping cough.
2. Clear away liver-fire to promote visual acuity: For liver-heat syndrome with redness of the eye, headache and dizziness, and infantile convulsion.

Pharmacological Action
1. Its decoction or cold-alcoholic infusion is an antiasthmatic.
2. Its volatile oil, fiavones or saponin exerts an expectorant effect.

Administration Decoction: 3-9g.


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