English Name: sedum, graveyard moss, gold moss stonecrop, stringy stonecrop
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Sedi
Medica Category: Heat-Clearing and Toxin-Eliminating Herbs
Properties: Chui Pen Cao enters the Liver, Gallbladder, and Small Intestine channels; it is sweet, bland, and slightly sour in nature and cool in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Chui Pen Cao is sedum—more popularly known as graveyard moss, gold moss stonecrop, and/or stringy stonecrop (Sedum sarmentosum Bunge.). This plant (native to East Asia (South China into Thailand)) grows fast in thin, dry soil in hot climates and is widely known and cultivated as an ornamental ground cover. The dried aerial parts are used as medicine for their hepaprotective and antibiotic effects.
Chui Pen Cao clears heat and eliminates toxins to treat toxic-heat swellings, sores, and bites on the skin (used topically or internally for this purpose).
Chui Pen Cao goes to the Liver and Gallbladder to remove damp-heat and for this quality is used to treat damp-heat jaundice and both infectious and non-infectious hepatitis.