Herba Ecliptae


Herb of Eclipta prostrata L., family compositae.

Stem terete, 20-40 cm long, 2-5 mm in diameter, covered by white soft hairs, dark-green when dried. leaves opposite, nearly sessile, lanceolate. Capitulum 2-6 mm in diameter. Achene flat-elliptical, densely grouped on persistent involucre in one layer, with no coronule. Prepared as segments. Sweet and sour in taste, slightly cold in nature and attributive to kidney and liver channels.

1. Nourish the liver and kidney: For deficiency of liver-yin and kidney-yin manifested as dizziness, tinnitus, alopecia, looseness of teeth and poliosis, usually used together with Fructus Ligustri Lucidi (Erzhi Pill).
2. Cool the blood to stop bleeding: For blood-heat syndrome manifested as hemoptysis, hematemesis, hematuria, metrorrhagia, hemafecia or dysentery with bloody stools. Recently, used for acute hemorrhagic necrotizing enteritis, also for coronary heart disease; external use for rice-field dermatitis, allergic dermatitis and eczema.

Pharmacological Action
1. Promoting lymphocyte-blastogenesis.
2. Anticoagulative and promoting fibrinolysis.

Administration Decoction: 15-30g.
External use: Appropriate amount.


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