Photos of Lycopus lucidus, shiny bugleweed, di gua er miao, ze lan
Lycopus lucidus, shiny bugleweed, di gua er miao, ze lan (root) is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a diuretic to relieve edema, and promotes blood circulation and vital enrgy (qi). It is a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae), with swollen rhizomes, and is found in marshy soils in much of central and northern China, as well as Japan and Russia. The aerial parts are also used for the treatment of edema and externally for injuries. Recently researched in China for possible utility in diabetic neuropathy, as well as inhibtory activity of components from the plant on amyloid aggregation relative to type 2 diabetes and Alzheimers. Research is pharmacological and preliminary in nature.
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