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imperata rhizome of wooly grass bai mao gen

Pharmaceutical name:

Rhizonma imperatae cylindricae

Latin botanical name:

Imperata cylindrica (L.) P. Beauv.var. major (Nees) c. E. Hubb.

Agropyrum repens P. Beauv.

Pron. in Japanese:


Pron. in Korean:

mogun, pakmogun

Pron. in Cantonese:

mao kan, bak mao kan

Common Name:

imperata, rhizome of wooly grass


throughout china and Southeast Asia

Properties (characteristics)﹕

sweet, cold

Channels (meridians) entered:

lung, stomach, small intestine, bladder

Actions & Indications:

cools the blood and stops bleeding; quells heat and promotes urination, clears heat from stomach and lungs

Medical Function:

(1). stops bleeding (2). anti bacteria and anti virus. (3). promotes urination, especially during 5~10 days while taking the herb. It can be due to the potassium salt in the herb.

Chemical ingredients:

glucose 6.8%; cane sugar, fructose, and starch 21%, potassium salt, oxalic acid, carotene, vitamins, and anemonin.


9 to 24 g. Using by itself, up to 60 g.

Samples of formulae:

For hemorrhagic fever

Formula 1:  bai mao gen, da huang  mang xiao, zhi shi  tao ren sheng di huang , mai dong  mu tong


Fornula 2:  bai mao gen 150 g, dan shen 20 g, lu gen 30 g, huang bai 10 g, pei lan 15 g, dan pi 10 g. Adjust the formula according to the syndrome.


For Cancer of the digestive track:

bai mao gen 10 g, bai hua she she cao  10 g. Boil with water. Use as tea.

For periodontitis: click here for formula.

Modern Research:

to be uploaded


Not to use in cases of pixu (spleen deficient) or shenyangxu (kidney yang deficient) conditions.

Use care if blood pressure is low because of its diuretic effect.