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According to Flora of the U.S.S.R. (1934, translated 1968), “A powder prepared from dried roots is used in popular medicine as a cure for rabies and crushed leaves are used against mammary congestion; fresh leaves are employed in homeopathy. [...] Since this species is often confounded or identified with others of the genus, the reported data may also refer to [Alisma orientale or Alisma lanceolatum].”

Alisma

Kubo, Michinori; Mattsuda, Hideaki; Tomohiro, Norimichi; Yoshikawa, Masayuki (May 1997). "Studies on Alismatis rhizoma. Anti-allergic Effects of Methanol Extract and Six Terpene Components from Alismatis rhizoma (Dried Rhizome of Alisma orientale)" (PDF). Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin. 20 (5): 511–6. doi:10.1248/bpb.20.511. PMID 9178931. Retrieved June 3, 2012.Alisma is a diuretic and is used to rid the body of excess water. It has mild and safe tonic qualities that especially affect the kidney and bladder. It is often combined with other herbs in general tonic formulas. It is used to treat kidney stones , pelvic infections , nephritis, and other urinary tract infections, as well as yellowish discharges from the vagina. Alisma is also believed to have an antibacterial action that helps control infection. In China, alisma is also used to help rid the body of phlegm, to reduce feelings of abdominal bloating, and to treat diabetes. The herb is also widely used in Japan.

Alisma is an ingredient in many common Chinese preparations to improve kidney balance and general health. These include rehmannia eight and rehmannia six combination, lycium chrysanthemum and rehmannia combination, rehmannia and schizandra, rehmannia and cornus , rehmannia and magnetitum formula, immortal long life pill, gentiana , and hoeln five. An extract of alisma root is commercially available. Some herbalists indicate that a large dose is necessary for alisma to be completely effective when treating infections, or that it should be combined with other anti-infective herbs. Plants from the genus of Alisma Linn. (Alismataceae) are widely distributed in temperate regions and subtropics of the northern hemisphere, belonging to 11 species. Six species were found in China and Asia, including A. canaliculatum, A. gramineum, A. nanum, A. orientale, A. plantago-aquatica and A. lanceolatum (Flora of China Committee, 1992). The tubers of A. orientale, known as Ze Xie in Chinese or Takusha in Japanese, have been used as diuretic and detumescent medications for a long history (Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission, 2015). It is also used to treat obesity, diabetes and hyperlipidemia nowadays. (Source: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)

 

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