Herb of Eclipta prostrata L., family compositae.
Stem terete, 20-40 cm long, 2-5 mm in diameter, covered by white soft
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
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.
1. Promoting lymphocyte-blastogenesis.
2. Anticoagulative and promoting fibrinolysis.
External use: Appropriate amount.