Pharmaceutical Name: Herba portulacae
Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea L.
Common Name: Purslane, Portulaca
Source of Earliest Record: Xinxiu Bencao
Part Used: The entire plant is gathered in summer, steamed or boiled and then dried in the sun.
Natural Properties & Taste: Sour and cold
Meridians: Large intestine and liver
1. To clear heat and release toxins.
2. To cool the blood and stop dysentery.
Dysentery manifested as fever, abdominal pain, blood and pus in the stool and tenesmus. Portulaca (Machixian) is used with Scutellaria root (Huangqin) and Coptis root (Huanglian). Also, Portulaca (Machixian) can be taken alone as treatment for these symptoms.
Dosage: 30-60 g (double dosage for the fresh herb)