Herb latin name: Lindera strychnifolia

Family: Lauraceae (Laurel Family)

Medicinal use of Lindera strychnifolia:

Aromatic, decongestant, stomachic. The fruit is diuretic and vermicidal. A decoction is used in the treatment of abdominal distension, menstrual pain, stomach chills, dysuria, oedema, fungal infections, scabies and worms. The seed is febrifuge. The root is anodyne, antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, stomachic and tonic. It is used with ginseng (Panax spp.), liquorice (Glycyrrhiza spp) and lignaloes (the report does not say what this is) to form a famous Chinese sedative. The root s used in the treatment of menstrual pain, enuresis, frequent micturation and distension with pain of the lower abdomen.

Description of the plant:


9 m
(30 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Shrub thickets along mountainsides.

Propagation of Lindera strychnifolia:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a greenhouse. The seed has a short viability and should not be allowed to dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July in a frame. Layering.

Cultivation of the herb:

Shrub thickets along mountainsides.

Known hazards of Lindera strychnifolia:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.