Lycopus lucidus is a species of plant in the Lamiaceae family. The dried rhizomes are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, where they are known as Lycopi rhizoma and have a reputation for promoting blood circulation and energy (qi), and preventing water retention. They are said to have a "warming" property, and have a mild bittersweet flavor.
Valuable Chinese herbal medicine, and has a refreshing, appetizers of food, liver and kidney deficiency, weak bones strong effect. Labiatae perennial herbs, vegetables and medicine used along with a hundred years of history. And has a refreshing, appetizers of food, liver and kidney deficiency, weak bones strong effect. "Dictionary of Chinese herbal medicine" and other authoritative historical records, ground ginseng contains a variety of medicinal ingredients, which is named after the dried stems and leaves valuable herbs. Whole plant can extract volatile oils and tannins.
Whole plant medicine, with blood, diuretic, pass through, Zi Yang, dryness, lipid regulating, through Jiuqiao, Lee joints, blood and other support functions, attending abdominal pain, edema, postpartum bleeding, bruises embolism. "Chinese Materia Medica" details to participate not only as a vegetable, but also dried and used as medicine, functional and quite Cordyceps. By modern medical research shows that: the reference to contain a variety of nutrients needed by the body more than 20 kinds of trace elements, 18 amino acids, phenols, sugars and the like. Especially suitable for women before and after childbirth as a vegetable, health function is extremely significant, Song. "Jiayou Materia Medica" documented in detail. In addition, regular consumption of ginseng to inhibit cancer cell proliferation and special effects of weight loss, so enjoy the "vegetable treasures" reputation.
Herbs perennial. Rhizomes swollen at apex, sometimes with enlarged stolons bearing scalelike leaves. Stems erect, 20-70 cm, usually unbranched, nodes ± tinged purple-red. Leaves subsessile or short petiolate, linear to oblong-lanceolate, ± arcuate, 4-8 × 1.2-2.5 cm, glabrous to minutely hispid-hirsute, abaxially impressed glandular, base attenuate, margin ± pinnatipartite to ± entire, apex acuminate. Verticillasters globose, 1.2-1.5 cm in diam.; bracteoles ovate to lanceolate, ciliolate, spinescent, outermost to 5 mm and 3-veined, inner ones 2-3 mm and 1-veined. Calyx ca. 3 mm, glabrous, glandular; teeth 5, lanceolate-triangular, ca. 2 mm, apex spinescent, ciliolate. Corolla white, ca. 5 mm, glandular, throat white pubescent, tube ca. 3 mm; limb indistinctly 2-lipped, upper lip subcircular; lower lip 3-lobed, middle lobe larger. Nutlets obovoid, 4-sided, ca. 1.6 × 1.2 mm, abaxially flattened, glandular, base subattenuate. Fl. Jun-Sep, fr. Aug-Nov.
Marshy areas, grasslands, streamsides; 300-2600 m. Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Jilin, Liaoning, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Taiwan, Yunnan, Zhejiang [Japan, Russia]