Imperata rhizome (Baimaogen)
Pharmaceutical Name: Rhizoma Imperatae
Botanical Name: Imperata cylindrical Beauv. var. major (Nees.) C. E. Hubb.
Common Name: Imperata rhizome, Woody grass
Source of Earliest Record: Shennong Bencao Jing
Part Used: The rhizomes are dug in spring or autumn, cleaned, dried in the sun and cut into small pieces.
Natural Properties & Taste: Sweet and cold
Meridians: Lung, stomach and urinary bladder
1. To cool blood and stop bleeding.
2. To clear heat and promote urination.
1. Hemorrhages due to extravasation of blood by heat. Imperata rhizome (Baimaogen) is used with Biota tops (Cebaiye), Small thistle (Xiaoji) and Cattail pollen (Puhuang).
2. Hot urination, edema and damp-heat jaundice. Imperata rhizome (Baimaogen) is used with Plantain seed (Cheqianzi) and Lysimachia (Jinqiancao).
Dosage: 15-30 g (30-60 g, if fresh herb)