Lalang Grass Rhizome

Source Lalang Grass Rhizome is the dried rhizome of Imperata cylindrica (L.) beauv. var. major (Nees) C.E. Hubb., (Fam. Gramineae.)

Producing Areas Most parts of China but mainly in Northern China

Properties Sweet, Cold

Channels Lung, Stomach, Bladder


  • Cools the blood and stops bleeding
    Removes heat in the blood, and stops bleeding related to hemoptysis, epistaxis, or hematemesis.
  • Clears heat and promotes urination
    Treats painful and hot urination, urinary difficulty (can be used alone for this purpose), edema and damp-heat jaundice.
  • Clears heat from the lungs and stomach
    Treats symptoms of stomach and lung heat such as irritability, nausea, vomiting, thirst, coughing and wheezing.

Usage and Dosage
The crude is for clearing away heat and promoting diuresis, relieving edema and treating jaundice.
The carbonised is for stopping bleeding.
10–30 g is used in decoction for oral use. The fresh should be doubled in dose and pounded to extract a juice for oral use.

Keep in a dry place.
Protect from mould and moths.

Description of Quality Herb
The good one is yellowish-white in colour, tough, and slightly sweet in flavour.