Pharmaceutical Latin: Herba Bidentis
Herba Bidens Bipinnata - Gui Zhen Cao - 鬼针草
Common English: Bidens
Demon Needle Plant
Ghost Spike Plant

Herbs That Drain Dampness (Diuretics)

Herbs that Clear Heat and Purge Fire: Herbs that Clear Heat and Detoxify; Target Warm and Heat Diseases

Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Small Intestine
Urinary Bladder
Large Intestine
Fresh: 15-30g
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Reduces inflammation, clears Heat, removes toxicity and promotes urination (clears Heat and Dampness from the Intestines)

Appendicitis, nephritis, dysentery, urinary tract infection, cystitis, diabetes, jaundice and hepatitis

Invigorates the Blood, dissipates Blood Stasis, reduces swelling, drains pus and generates flesh

Hemorrhoids and toxic swellings

Expels Wind-Heat

Influenza, sore throat

Disperses Stasis, eases pain and treats incised wounds

Incised wounds

  • Use caution for those with Spleen and Stomach Deficiency Cold.
  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.

Rhubarb and Moutan Decoction
Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang

Hb. Elephantopus Scaber
Ding Shu Xiu
Hb. Polygoni Avicularis
Bian Xu
Hb. Dianthi
Qu Mai
Hb. Pogonantheri Criniti
Bi Zi Cao
Hb. Ludwigiae Prostratae
Shui Ding Xiang

Hb. Pteris
Feng Wei Cao
Hb. Centrellae
Ji Xue Cao
Rx. Puerariae
Ge Gen
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin
Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian




Hb. Houttuyniae
Yu Xing Cao
Hb. Physalis Angulatae
Pao Zai Cao
Hb. Lippiae
Ya She Huang
Cx. Phellodendri
Huang Bai
Sm/ Plantaginis
Che Qian Zi
Rz. Imperatae
Bai Mao Gen

Hb. Patriniae
Bai Jiang Cao
Rz. Polygoni Cuspidati
Hu Zhang
Hb. Oldenlandia
Bai Hua She She Cao
Hb. Solani
Huang Shui Qie
Rx. Isatidis
Ban Lan Gen
Hb. Orthosiphori Aristatis
Hua Shi Cao

Stigma Maydis
Yu Mi Xu

Urinary tract infection.




Sp. Gleditsiae
Zao Jiao Ci


True Man Decoction to Revitalize Life
Zhen Ren Huo Ming Yin


Peony Decoction
Shao Yao Tang


Yi Wood Decoction
Yi Zi Tang




  • This herb can be used as a beverage in summertime to prevent Summerheat.
  • It can be used alone topically for toxic swellings.
  • It is said that the nature of the herb is sweet and bland, with a neutral property, though other sources list it as bitter. The applications listed include influenza, swollen and sore throat, enteritis, dysentery, jaundice, intestinal carbuncle, epilepsy in children, malnutrition in infants, and hemorrhoids.
  • Other sources say that this herb treats rheumatoid arthritis, sprain, insect and scorpion sting, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis, acute nephritis, stomach ache, and sore throat.
  • The decoction of this herb cures dysentery, laryngalgia, dysphagia, vomiting, cardiac spasm and esophageal dilatation, and is effective in removing toxic materials, stopping diarrhea, and clearing away heat.
  • This herb has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
  • This herb has been used to treat cecitis in the recent years.
  • For esophageal cancer, 15-30 grams per day is decocted and taken orally.
  • External application of this herb with Fr. Arctii Niu Bang Zi and blended with pig fat can cure finger cut.
  • It is said that this herb, bitter in taste, mild in nature, and non-toxic mainly cures spider and fly bites through Internal and External application.
  • It is also said that scorpion sting can be cured by external application of this herb.