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Ze Xie

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Name: Asian Water Plantain

Pinyin: Ze Xie

Pharm. Name: Rhizoma Alismatis

Properties:

Taste

Characteristics

Organs

Dosage

Sweet, Bland

Induce diuresis and drain dampness, purge heat.

Bladder, Kidney

4.5-16g

 

Description:

The stem tuber of the plant “Alisma Orientalis”. It is bland in flavor and can drain dampness. It has a stronger action of inducing diuresis than Fu Ling, so it is usually indicated for the water-damp syndrome, and combined with Fu Ling and Zhu Ling to mutually reinforce the action of inducing diuresis and draining dampness. It can not only induce diuresis and drain dampness, but also clear bladder heat and purge kidney fire, and is indicated for damp-heat in lower energizer. For stranguria of damp-heat type manifested as scanty and dark urine, dribbling, difficult and painful urination, it is usually combined with Mu Tong and Che Qian Zi to mutually reinforce the actions of clearing heat to treat stranguria.

 

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