Mu Zei – Equisetum – Herba Equiseti Hiemalis

Mu Zei

English Name: equisetum, scouring rush, Dutch rushes, horsetail

Literal Translation: “wood thief”

Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Equiseti Hiemalis

Medica Category: Wind-Heat Releasing Herbs

Properties: Mu Zei enters the Lung, Liver, and Gallbladder channels; it is sweet and bitter in nature and neutral in temperature.

What is Mu Zei?:

The Chinese Herb Mu Zei is the dried and cut barren stems of the common scouring rush (Equisetum hiemale L.).

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Mu Zei:

Mu Zei dispels wind heat and brightens the eyes and is used to treat eye disorders accompanying wind-heat invasion (e.g. red eyes, excessive tearing, blurred vision, and floaters).

Mu Zei also stops bleeding and is used to treat gastrointestinal bleeding and hemorrhoids.