Ze Lan


Ze Lan in TCM:

Explore the properties of Ze Lan according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: lycopus, hirsute shiny bugleweed
Pharmacuetical Name: Herba Lycopi
Properties: bitter, acrid, slightly warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: SP, LV

Flavors: bitter, pungent

Special Properties:
circulates blood, reduces swelling

Actions / Indications:
  • Invigorates blood; regulates menses (dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, post-partum abdominal pain due to blood stasis)
  • Dispels stasis; reduces swelling (carbuncles, abcess, trauma, topical or internal use)
  • Promotes urination; reduces edema (difficult urination, facial edema, postpartum edema, especially edema with blood stasis; modern use for ascites due to liver cirrhosis)
  • (cc: pregnancy contraindicated)

    Special Notes:
  • Ze Lan has a diuretic action and should be used cautiously with diuretic drugs.