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Zi Cao

Arnebia Root/Lithospermum | 紫草
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SKU L0870

Ingredient: Lithospermum root (zi cao) (Lithospermum erythrorhizon).

Mandarin: 紫草
Pin-Yin: Zi Cao
English: Arnebia
Romaji: Shiso
Kanji: 紫草
Kampo: No



Pharmaceutical Name:

  • Arnebiae/Lithospermi Radix

Sources:

  • Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica (Bensky et al.)

Properties:

  • Cold, sweet

Channels Entered:

  • Liver, heart

Herb Actions:

  • Disperses heat
  • Cools the blood
  • Relieves fire toxicity
  • Vents rashes
  • Dries damp-heat from the skin

 

Contraindications:

  • Not recommended for those with loose stool caused by a deficiency of the spleen

 

Commonly Found In:

  • Lithospermum & Oyster Shell Combination


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