English Name: orthosiphon, cat’s whiskers
Literal Translation: “dissolve stone herb”
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Orthosiphon Aristatus
Medica Category: Water-Regulating and Damp-Resolving Herbs
Properties: Hua Shi Cao enters the Liver, Kidney, and Urinary Bladder channels; it is bitter in nature and cold in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Hua Shi Cao is the dried aerial parts of a medicinal plant in the mint family that is widely dispersed throughout the tropics of Southeast Asia (Australia through Malaysia and into India) known by the common name of cat’s whiskers (Orthosiphon aristatus). It gets this common name because it blooms with racemes of flowers whose stamens and pistils extend out like cat’s whiskers. It is used in several traditional Asian medicinal systems; its TCM actions are discussed below.
Hua Shi Cao promotes diuresis, clears heat, reduces inflammation, and dissolves stones to treat lin zheng (dysuria syndrome) w/urinary calculi, gallstones, and nephritis with edema.
Hua Shi Cao lowers blood pressure to address hypertension.