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(Curculigo orchioides)
[xian má0]

CONTAINS: Calcium oxalate, resin, tannin.

A stemless herb native to the tropics of the southern hemisphere. The rhizome is short and thick with lateral roots; the leaves are long and plicate; flowers are small, yellow, and borne near the ground in dense heads or spikes and concealed by the leaves; the berrylike fruit contains small, globose, black seeds.

PART USED: Rootstock.

In Asian medicine is considered to be a tonic and nervine.
In Chinese medicine the root has been used for arthritis, blenorrhea, cachexia, enuresis, impotency, weak kidneys, incontinence, lassitude, lumbago, and neurasthenia.

©2004 by Ernestina Parziale, CH