English Name: dichondra
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Dichondrae Repentis
Medica Category: Water-Regulating and Damp-Resolving Herbs
Properties: Ma Ti Jin enters the Liver and Lung channels; it is bitter and acrid in nature and cool in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Ma Ti Jin is the dried aerial parts of (Dichondra repens Forst.), a perennial herb with small, kidney shaped leaves that tends to creep along the ground (and is thus often used as ground cover to substitute for lawn grass) and is also cultivated as an ornamental hanging plant. It is native to Australia and New Zealand but has become naturalized in China and used there as medicine for hundreds of years.
Ma Ti Jin clears toxic heat in the Liver and lower jiao to address jaundice, infectious hepatitis, fetal toxicosis, and dysentery.
Ma Ji Tin invigorates blood circulation and dispels water to address edema due to nephritis and urinary stones.