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Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad.
Kochia fruit, Broom cypress fruit
Source of Earliest Record
Shennong Bencao Jing
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations
When the fruit ripens in autumn, it is gathered and dried in the sun.
Properties & Taste
Bitter and cold
1. To clear heat and transform dampness; 2. To stop itching
Indications & Combinations
1. Damp-heat in the urinary bladder manifested as dysuria, painful urination, frequent urination and urgency of micturition. Broom cypress fruit (Difuzi) is used with herbs that clear heat and promote urination, including Talc (Huashi) and Plantain seed (Cheqianzi).
2. Eczema and scabies. Broom cypress fruit (Difuzi) is used with Phellodendron bark (Huangbai), Flavescent sophora root (Kushen) and Dittany bark (Baixianpi).
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