English Name: crinite pogonatherum, goldensilk grass
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Pogonantheri Criniti
Medica Category: Water-Regulating and Damp-Resolving Herbs
Properties: Bi Zi Cao enters the Kidney and Urinary Bladder channels; it is sweet in nature and cool in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Bi Zi Cao is the dried aerial parts of crinite pogonatherum (or goldensilk grass—Pogonatherum crinitum (Thumb.) Kunth), a grass-like herb that grows in South China along riverbanks, hillsides, and in the cracks and crevices of rocks and masonry (with enough moisture). The above-ground parts are harvested in mid-summer and the fall and sun-dried for use as medicine.
Bi Zi Cao clears heat and dispels water to treat disorders involving excess heat with water retention such as xiao ke (wasting & thirsting syndrome), leukorrhea, UTI’s, cystitis, and nephritis.