Name: Herba dianthi
Names: Dianthus, Chinese pink flower, Qu mai
Used: Whole plant
Diuretic, antibacterial, antiparasitic, stimulates peristalsis, lowers blood pressure
Drains dampness, clears heat, promotes urination. It is indicated for genitourinary tract infections associated with damp heat, with painful and difficult urination, and possibly with blood. It can be used for damp heat associated with constipation or cessation of menses due to blood stagnation.
Combinations: For urinary tract infections, combine 9 grams each of dianthus, plantain seeds, polyporus, and poria, 6 grams of cinnamon twigs, and 20 grams of talcum.
For amenorrhea, combine 9 grams each of dianthus, peach seed, safflower, and leonurus.
Dianthus should not be used by pregnant women or by those with deficiency of kidney or spleen qi
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