Herb latin name: Eupatorium chinense
Medicinal use of Eupatorium chinense:The leaves are anodyne, carminative, diuretic, nervine and vermifuge. An infusion is used in the treatment of colds, diphtheria and rheumatoid arthritis. The leaves and stems are harvested in the summer before the flower buds open, and are dried for later use. The seed is prescribed in China for the "36 diseases of women". The root is considered to be beneficial to the circulation and a restorative to women after parturition. The roots are harvested in the autumn and dried for later use. The milky latex is applied to treat goitre.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Mountains all over Japan. Open and deforested areas at elevations of 2000 - 2600 metres in Nepal.
Edible parts of Eupatorium chinense:The young leaves are used as a flavouring.
Other uses of the herb:The powdered plant is used in Nepal to prepare marcha, a fermenting cake from which liquor is distilled.
Propagation of Eupatorium chinense:Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. Division in spring or autumn. Very easy, the clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions.
Cultivation of the herb:Mountains all over Japan. Open and deforested areas at elevations of 2000 - 2600 metres in Nepal.
Known hazards of Eupatorium chinense:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.