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1. Dianthus superbus L.; 2. Dianthus chinensis L.
Source of Earliest Record
Shennong Bencao Jing
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations
The whole plant is gathered and dried after it flowers in summer or autumn.
Properties & Taste
Bitter and cold
Heart, small intestine and urinary bladder
1. To promote urination and regulate abnormal urination; 2. To invigorate blood circulation
Indications & Combinations
1. Damp-heat in the urinary bladder manifested as scanty urine with blood, painful urination, frequent urination and urgency of micturition. Pink (Qumai) is used with Clematis stem (Mutong), Talc (Huashi) and Common knotgrass (Bianxu) in the formula Bazheng San.
2. Amenorrhea from blood stagnation. Pink (Qumai) is used with herbs that invigorate blood circulation, such as Peach seed (Taoren) and Safflower (Honghua).
Cautions & Contraindications
This herb is contraindicated during pregnancy.
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