Pharmaceutical Name: Herba dianthi
Botanical Name: 1. Dianthus superbus L.. 2. Dianthus chinensis L.
Common Name: Dianthus, Pink
Source of Earliest Record: Shennong Bencao Jing
Part Used: The whole plant is gathered and dried after it flowers in summer or autumn.
Natural Properties & Taste: Bitter and cold
Meridians: Heart, small intestine and urinary bladder
1. To promote urination and regulate abnormal urination.
2. To invigorate blood circulation.
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).
Dosage: 10-15 g
Cautions & Contraindications: This herb is contraindicated duri