English Name: ludwigia, climbing seed box, creeping water primrose
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Ludwigiae Prostratae
Medica Category: Water-Regulating and Damp-Resolving Herbs
Properties: Shui Ding Xiang enters the Kidney and Urinary Bladder channels; it is sweet and bland in nature and very cold in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Shui Ding Xiang is the dried parts of a plant called the climbing seed box (Ludwigia prostrata Roxb.). It is a sub-tropical, semi-aquatic plant found throughout East Asia growing in river banks, rice fields, and other wet places (where it is often considered to be invasive/a weed).
Shui Ding Xiang clears heat and reduces swelling to treat such varied clinical presentations as sore throat, dysentery, and toothache.
Shui Ding Xiang clears heat and promotes urination to address lin zheng (dysuria syndrome) with heat, chronic UTI’s, hypertension, and dermatological conditions with itchiness, redness, and swelling.