Source Purslane Herb is the dried aerial part of Portulaca oleracea L. (Fam. Portulacaceae).
Producing Areas Most parts of China
Properties Sour, Cold
Channels Liver, Large Intestines
- Relieves fire toxins and cools the blood
For dysentery from damp-heat or fire toxins, urinary tract infections with blood, red and white vaginal discharge, and post-partum bleeding.
- Reduces sores from damp-heat
Can be used both topically or internally. Used to reduce the swelling and pain from snake bite or wasp stings.
Usage and Dosage
30 – 60g is used in decoction for oral use, or double the amount of the fresh is used. The fresh one is better than the dried. Suitable amount is used externally.
Notes Contraindicated for pregnant women or patients with asthenic cold of the spleen and stomach.
Keep in a cool, ventilated dry place. Protect from mould and moths.
Description of Quality Herb
The good one is small in size, tender and greenish brown with many leaves.