Pharmaceutical Latin: Herba Verbenae
Common English: Verbena
European Verbena
Iron Herb
Herbs that Regulate the Blood: Herbs that Invigorate the Blood
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Slightly Cold
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Invigorates the Blood, reduces abdominal masses, cools the Blood and unblocks the menses

Dysmenorrhea or amenorrhea due to Blood Stasis

Abdominal masses (can be used as a stand-alone herb in decoction chased by warm wine)

Clears Heat and resolves toxicity

Severe sore throat, throat Bi, and other accumulations of Heat toxin including breast abscess (use the macerated fresh herb), swollen, painful gums

Facilitates urination and checks malarial disorders

Internal blockage of Dampness with edema or ascites

Malarial disorders (use the fresh juice)

Promotes urination and reduces edema

Edema, ascites and water accumulation during the later stages of parasitic infections
  • Use caution during pregnancy.
  • Contraindicated for those with Spleen Yin Deficiency.
  • Contraindicated for those with Stomach Qi Deficiency.

Rx. Salviae Miltiorrhizae
Dan Shen
Hb. Lycopi
Ze Lan
Hb. Leonuri
Yi Mu Cao


Rz. Cyperi
Xiang Fu
Hb. Leonuri
Yi Mu Cao

Rz. Sparganii
San Leng
Rz. Curcumae
E Zhu

Ru Xiang
Mo Yao
Flos Carthami
Hong Hua
Rz. Corydalis
Yan Hu Suo

Dysmenorrhea and amenorrhea due to Blood Stasis.

Abdominal masses.

Joint pain and traumatic injuries.

Hb. Taraxaci
Pu Gong Ying
Hb. Violae
Zi Hua Di Ding

Flos Chrysanthemi Indici
Ye Ju Hua

Gypsum Fibrosum
Shi Gao
Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu

Rz. Belamcandae
She Gan
Rx. Sophorae Tonkinensis
Shan Dou Gen

Ma Bo

Carbuncles and sores.

Swollen, painful gums.

Sore throat.

Rx. Pulsatillae
Bai Tou Weng
Cx. Fraxini
Qin Pi

Fr. Chaenomelis
Mu Gua
Rx. Cyathulae
Chuan Niu Xi

Hb. Artemisiae Anomalae
Liu Ji Nu
Hb. Lobeliae Chinensis
Ban Bian Lian

Diarrhea or dysentery.

Edema and leg Qi.


  1. This herb also kills parasites.
  2. It is particularly effective when when Blood Stasis is due to Blood Heat drying and congealing the Blood.
  3. It can be applied topically for wounds involving metal, also for swollen sores.
  4. One source says that in alleviates Damp-Heat diarrhea.