English Name: buddleja, pale butterfly bush flower
Literal Translation: “dense-mist flower”
Pharmaceutical Name: Flos Buddlejae
Medica Category: Heat-Clearing and Fire-Purging Herbs
Properties: Mi Meng Hua enters the Liver channel; it is sweet in nature and cool in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Mi Meng Hua is the dried flowers of the pale butterfly bush (Buddleja officinalis), a medium to large, semi-evergreen shrub with pale mauve, yellow-eyed, strongly fragrant flowers native to Western China.
Mi Meng Hua enters the Liver channel to clear heat and benefit the eyes. It can deal with a wide variety of eye/visual problems (that come from excess or deficiency heat, as well as from wind-heat) ranging from photophobia to redness and swelling to superficial visual obstructions depending on the other herbs it is used with in formula.