Source Bugleweed is the branch and leaf of Lycopus lucidus Turcz. var. hirtus Regel, (Fam. Labiatae.)
Producing Areas Heilongjiang, Liaoning, Zhejiang and Hubei
Properties Bitter, Spicy, Slightly Warm
Channels Liver, Spleen
- Invigorates blood, dispels stasis
Treats gynaecological disorders by warming the channels that activates the blood. It has a mild effect and regulates menses, treats menses pain and irregular menses, postpartum abdominal pain and amenorrhea. May be consumed with Chinese Angelica (Danggui), Nutgrass Galingale Rhizome, Szechuan Lovage Rhizome etc.
- Used topically and internally for traumatic injuries and abscesses
May be consumed with Frankincense, Chinese Angelica (Danggui), etc.
- Promotes urination, regulates water circulation, reduces swelling
It has a mild effect for dysuria, postpartum edema, postpartum painful urinary dribbling, and systemic or facial edema. May be consumed with Fourstamen Stephania Root, Indian bread (Filling), Oriental Waterplantain Rhizome, etc.
Usage and Dosage
Used as crude herb. 6-15 g is used in decoction for oral use.
For external use, the herb can be pounded and applied. Wash, steam and brew.
Used with caution for patients without blood stasis.
Keep in a well-ventilated place, protect from sunlight and moulds.
Description of Quality Herb
A good bugleweed has a delicate mass, with many leaves and should be green in colour.