Pei Lan (Herba Eupatorii)
Pei Lan (Herba Eupatorii) is from the aerial part of a perennial herb, Eupatorium fortunei Turcz., family Compositae. The medicinal material is cut and collected in summer and autumn, cut into segments while fresh and then sun-dried.
Category: Dampness Resolving.
Common Name: Eupatorium.
Channels Entered: Spleen, Stomach and Lung.
Properties and Functions: Pei Lan is pungent in flavour and bland or neutral in nature. It eliminates dampness due to its aromatic nature, clears summer-heat and dispels turbid dampness and fluids in the middle jiao to benefit the Spleen and Stomach.
Indications: Clinical applications for use are:
- Dampness-retention syndrome involving the Spleen and Stomach.
- Damp-heat in the spleen meridian with sweetness and greasiness in the mouth, excess saliva and foul breath.
- Exterior summer-heat and dampness or early stage febrile disease with fever, fullness of the head, fullness and oppression of the chest and epigastrium, sticky mouth with a white or yellow greasy tongue coating.
Dosage: 3 – 9g – For oral use.
Cautions and Contra-Indications: None.