Prunella vulgaris:Selfheal,Prunella spike,Xia Ku Cao,a pungent magical herb,its botanical introduction,history legend,and its uses since ancient till today.
- Botanical Information of Prunella vulgaris.
- Prunella spike:Name Origin and Species.
- Plant Description of Prunella Vulgaris.
- Constituents and Phytochemicals of Prunella Valgaris and Prunella herb.
- Prunella spike History and Uses:Heal All,All Heal and Self Heal.
- Functions and Actions of Prunella spike.
- Prunella vulgaris:Pharmaceutical Actions.
- Suggestions and Administrations:Spica Prunellae or Prunella spike.
- Prunella Spike or Xia Ku Cao:Notes from Ancient Herbal Classics and Herbalists.
- Research update:Prunella vulgaris.
Applications and Properties:
Astringent and antiseptic.Wounds healer.
Herpes infection.Reducing Liver-fire to brighten vision.Immune system booster.
Blood rheology.Lower blood pressure.Lower blood sugar.Lower blood cholesterol.
Acute cardiac infarction and the blood pressure.Cardiac muscle.
Uterus and gut effects.Diuretic.Bone marrow normoblast.
Thymus,the spleen and the adrenal glands.Clearing away evil fire and resolving mass.
Clear heat or clear fire,improving eyesight,removing liver-fire for improving eyesight,eliminating stagnation(removing stasis),detoxification,reduce the swelling.
The herb is often useful for treating liver disorders, and it has been prescribed by herbalists in cases of jaundice, hepatitis and general weakness of the liver. Prunella is beneficial for limited internal bleeding and can also be valuable in cases of diarrhea, flatulence and gastritis, as well as the expulsion of intestinal parasites. Prunella is believed to have antibacteria and strong antiviral properties; and in the treatment of Grave's disease, the herb has been effective in combination with Bugleweed.
The herb taste pungent(hot) bitterness,nature cold(?warm).Enter into liver and Gallbladder meridians.
The herb is indicated in TCM for hot red eyes with pain swelling,eye ball pains,eye ball pain at night,eye problems photophobia,headache and vertigo,tinnitus(ringing in the ears),scrofula(struma,crewels),gall,acute mastitis swollen pains,mumps,carbuncle furunculosis toxic swellings,thyromegaly,crewels(glandular phthisis,lymphoid tuberculosis),hyperplasia of mammary glands,acute hepatitis,Chronic Hepatitis,hypertension(high blood pressure).
In Europe,it suggested in folk medicine for inflammatory disease and ulcers in the mouth and throat,gastrointestinal catarrh,as a remedy for diarrhea,hemorrhage,and gynecological disorders.
Suggested dosage:internal as decoction 6~15grams(or 9~15 grams),big dose could be 30 grams;or decoct paste or into pellet,powder.External proper amount as decoction wash or pound paste.Cautions should be paid that cases deficiency spleen stomach should use with care.Store at dry place.
Safety and Toxicity:
Toxicity: Experiments show that at 10g/kg, Xia Ku Cao does not cause death to mice. Subacute toxicity tests on rats and dogs indicate that the herb does not affect their hemogram, nor does it harm the functions of the liver the kidney, or other vital internal organs. Ames test shows that the herb does not cause mutation.
"No health hazards or side effects are known in conjunction with the proper administration of designated therapeutic dosages."
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