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aka Cockscomb (C. cristata), Quail Grass (C. argentea)
(Celosia cristata and Celosia argentea)
[ji-guan-hua] (C. cristata) and [qing xiang] (C. argentea)
c.cristata c.argentea

FYI Both are plants of Asia best known as ornamental annuals. §

CONTAINS: Based on Zero Moisture per 100 grams leaves contain: 19.8% ash, 1605 mg calcium, 265 mg phosphorus, 48 mg iron.
SEEDS contain: protein, fat, potassium nitrate, nicotinic acid, ash.

PROPAGATION By SEED. Ornamental annual.
PART USED Whole plant
FORM Decoction

♦ Both plants are used interchangeably in Chinese Medicine with a few exceptions which are noted. In Chinese medicine few herbs are ever used alone. They are usually combined with other herbs to assist, to counterbalance, or to taste. Celosia is often combined with Chrysanthemum flowers (C. morifolium or C. indicum).
In Chinese medicine the SEEDS are considered demulcent, antipyretic, alterative, astringent, opthalmic, vulnerary; affect the liver.
The whole plant has been used for dysentary, coughs, spitting up blood, excessive menstruation, amenorrhea, intestinal bleeding, bleeding from the lungs, female disorders, hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections, blood diseases, mouth sores, retinal hemorrhage, conjuntivitis, eye diseases, eye and liver problems (C. argentea), and to lower blood pressure (C. cristata).
The SEEDS have been used for blurred vision, eye inflammation, eyes bothered by bright light, headache, intestinal worms, painful urination, cough, dysentary, bleeding and diarrhea (C. argentea).
The LEAF STALKS have been used as a poultice for sores, wounds, boils, swellings.
The FLOWERS of C. argentea have been used for spitting up blood, atypical uterine bleeding, and dysentary. FLOWER TOPS have been used for amenorrhea, dysentary, spitting up blood, hemorrhoids, leukorrhea, and atypical uterine bleeding. The SEEDS of C. argentea have been used as a poultice on broken bones.
LEAVES and FLOWERS have been used for diarrhea and dysmenorrhea.
Claimed to be an aphrodisiac in Asian cultures.

!All others buy commercial preparations and follow directions carefully!
SEEDS (in decoction form) = 3 to 15 grams

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