Herb: Japanese Dodder
Latin name: Cuscuta japonica
Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning-glory Family)
Medicinal use of Japanese Dodder:A sweet, pungent herb that acts mainly as a liver and kidney stimulant, the seed of Japanese dodder is aphrodisiac, demulcent, diaphoretic, enuresis, hepatic and tonic. A decoction of the seed is used to treat a variety of complaints including diarrhoea, vaginal discharge, enuresis, backache, constipation and impotence. The young shoots are used to treat sore eyes.
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Parasitic on shrub branches in lowland and low mountains all over Japan.
Edible parts of Japanese Dodder:Young growth, boiled and seasoned.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn, by lodging it among the stems of a host plant.
Cultivation of Japanese Dodder:Parasitic on shrub branches in lowland and low mountains all over Japan.
Known hazards of Cuscuta japonica:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.