Qu Mai (Aerial Parts of Fringed Pink or Chinese Pink Dianthus)

Qu Mai (Aerial Parts of Fringed Pink or Chinese Pink Dianthus)

Herb 21 of 28 in Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness

Cold Qu Mai (Herba Dianthi)
Bitter, Cold
Herba Dianthi
Tone Marks:
qú mài
Alt Names:
Shi Zhu Cao
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Promotes Urination, Clears Heat
    For any painful urination with dribbling or blood with signs of damp heat.
  • Invigorates Blood
    For amenorrhea or cramps with blood clots due to blood stagnation. Also for gynecological swellings and sores due to toxins and damp-heat.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Do not use during pregnancy since animal studies indicate it causes uterine contractions.

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • Use with caution in patients taking diuretics since this herb promotes urination.

Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • None Noted
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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 5-10 grams in decoction 12
  • 9-15 grams in decoction 13

Chinese Herb Notes

  • Qu Mai and Bian Xu are similar in that they both treat painful, burning, and difficult urination. Qu Mai specifically aids the function of the Small Intestine to expel damp-heat and can be used for amenorrhea while Bian Xu can be used for jaundice.

Chinese Herb Clinical Studies & Research

  • A decoction of 100 grams of Qu Mai Successfully treated edema in over 100 reported cases.
    Xiang Cun Yi Xue, 1996; 11:34
  • Guo Lian Fang, et al. Qu Mai’s effect on in-vivo uterus of rabbits and in-vitro uterus of rats, and its synergistic effect with prostaglandin E2.
    Tianjin Journal of Medicine. 1983;(5):268-27.
  • Li Ding Ge et al. The diuretic effect of Qu Mai of Shandong origin.
    Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine Material. 1996;19(10):520-522.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

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