Reed Rhizome

Source Reed Rhizome is the fresh or dried rhizome of Phragmitis communis Trin. (Fam. Graminueae).

Producing Areas All parts of China.

Properties Sweet, Cold

Channels Lung, Stomach


  • Clears heat and promotes fluidsFor high fever, irritability and thirst.
  • Clears lung heatEspecially useful in acute stages with thick, yellow sputum.
  • Clears stomach heatFor vomiting and belching.
  • Promotes urinationFor dark and scanty urine (from heat), especially if symptoms include thirst and irritability.
  • Vents rashesEncourages the expression of rashes during a febrile condition.

Usage and Dosage
15 – 30g of dried Lugen is decocted for oral use or 30-60g of the fresh product is used.

Notes Contraindicated for patients with asthenic cold of the spleen and stomach.

Keep in a cool, dry place. Protect from mould.

Description of Quality Herb
The good one is integrated, yellowish white in colour and glossy.
Professional Advice
The skin of fresh Lugen can be peeled. The dried one is shaped like a slightly compressed cylinder, with hard joints and longitudinal wrinkles between joints.