Bi Zi Cao – Crinite Pogonatherum- Herba Pogonantheri Criniti

Bi Zi Cao

English Name: crinite pogonatherum, goldensilk grass

Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Pogonantheri Criniti

Medica Category: Water-Regulating and Damp-Resolving Herbs

Properties: Bi Zi Cao enters the Kidney and Urinary Bladder channels; it is sweet in nature and cool in temperature.

What is Bi Zi Cao?:

The Chinese Herb Bi Zi Cao is the dried aerial parts of crinite pogonatherum (or goldensilk grass—Pogonatherum crinitum (Thumb.) Kunth), a grass-like herb that grows in South China along riverbanks, hillsides, and in the cracks and crevices of rocks and masonry (with enough moisture). The above-ground parts are harvested in mid-summer and the fall and sun-dried for use as medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Bi Zi Cao

Bi Zi Cao clears heat and dispels water to treat disorders involving excess heat with water retention such as xiao ke (wasting & thirsting syndrome), leukorrhea, UTI’s, cystitis, and nephritis.