Mu Zei - Scouring Rush, Shave Grass

TCM Materia Medica

Mu Zei TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "mu zei" which in english is Mu Zei herb"scouring rush, shave grass", is categorized within the "herbs that release the exterior wind heat" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver and lung channels and exhibits bitter (ku), neutral (ping) and sweet (gan) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 3-9g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Disperses wind-heat and eliminates superficial visual obstruction - red, painful eyes, swelling, blurred vision, pterygium.
  • Clears heat, stops bleeding - supporting herb for blood in the stool, hemorrhoids.

Mu Zei has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid in patients with urinary frequency.
  • Avoid during pregnancy.
  • Avoid in cases of qi and/or yin deficiency.

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding mu zei:

  • Important herb for eye issues from wind-heat, liver and gall bladder channel fire.

Mu Zei may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: hemorrhoids

As noted above, mu zei is within the herbs that release the exterior wind heat functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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