Zhi Mu Anemarrhena asphodeloides

Zhi Mu
Anemarrhena asphodeloides

Chinese medicinal herb that looks and grows like a tall grass but isn’t. It spreads by underground rhizome like grasses, but unlike grasses it has fragrant yellow-white or light purple flowers that open in the evening in late summer and autumn. Used in China for 2000 years. The rhizomes are noted for their antidiabetic and antibacterial properties, and are used for pneumonia, bronchitis, high fever, irritability and insomnia.

Anemarrhena is a small, ornamental plant native to northern China. A member of the lily family, anemarrhena is a decorative plant, with grasslike leaves and branches and fragrant-smelling flowers that open at night. The root, or rhizome, is used medicinally, and is often dried for use in decoctions.

Anemarrhena has been used as a staple of traditional Chinese medicine for centuries; its first recorded use dates back to 200 BC. Internally, it is used for a variety of disorders, including congestive fever, high fever, chronic bronchitis, excessive sweating, dry throat, cough, dizziness, lumbago and pneumonia. Externally, it is used as part of a mouth wash to treat oral ulcers. Extracts of the plant contain compounds called saponins — one of which, asphonin, can be used to effectively treat lower back pain.

In traditional Chinese medicine, anemarrhena purges heat, nurtures yin and relaxes tension. It is sometimes mixed with other herbs, such as phellodendron, scrophularia and Chinese foxglove.

Anemarrhena should not be used by patients that have diarrhea or, in traditional Chinese medicine, spleen deficiency. Large doses are reported to be toxic and may inhibit heart action. Excess amounts may cause a sudden drop in blood pressure. Make sure to check with a qualified Chinese medicine practitioner before taking anemarrhena or any other herbal remedy.

Medicinal plants or seeds are offered as a convenience for professional herbalists and those customers who have the experience and knowledge necessary to safely prepare their own formulas.

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GROWING: Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame, it usually germinates in the spring. Stored seed should be sown in late winter or early spring in a cold frame. It sometimes germinates within 1 – 3 months at 15°C, but may take a year. The seed should be completely separated from the fruit and should only just be covered by soil. If the seed has been sown thinly enough, then it is possible to leave the seedlings in the pot for their first growing season, dividing them after they become dormant. Make sure to give them liquid feeds at intervals through the spring and summer. Otherwise prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle. Plant out in late spring or early summer at the beginning of their second or third years growth. Division in spring as new growth is just commencing.

In ordering any medicinal herb plants or seeds, I/we as the customer assume any and all responsibility for their use.

Pack, app 20 seeds. $4.00

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