Qu Mai (Aerial Parts of Fringed Pink or Chinese Pink Dianthus)
Herb 21 of 28 in Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
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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.
- 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.