English Name: equisetum, scouring rush, Dutch rushes, horsetail
Literal Translation: “wood thief”
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Equiseti Hiemalis
Medica Category: Wind-Heat Releasing Herbs
Properties: Mu Zei enters the Lung, Liver, and Gallbladder channels; it is sweet and bitter in nature and neutral in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Mu Zei is the dried and cut barren stems of the common scouring rush (Equisetum hiemale L.).
Mu Zei dispels wind heat and brightens the eyes and is used to treat eye disorders accompanying wind-heat invasion (e.g. red eyes, excessive tearing, blurred vision, and floaters).
Mu Zei also stops bleeding and is used to treat gastrointestinal bleeding and hemorrhoids.