English Name: selaginella, spikemoss
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Selaginellae
Medica Category: Stop-Bleeding Herbs
Properties: Wan Nian Song enters the Lung and Large Intestine channels; it is acrid in nature and neutral in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Wan Nian Song is dried spikemoss (Selaginella tamariscina (Beauv.)), a low-growing evergreen plant that lives in forests from Mongolia through China and down into the Philippines. The above-ground parts are harvested and dried for use as medicine.
Wan Nian Song enters the Lung and Large Intestine channels to stop bleeding and disperse wind. It addresses various forms of bleeding disorders such as hemoptysis, bleeding dysuria, intestinal bleeding, rectal bleeding, and hemorrhoidal bleeding.
Wan Nian Song invigorates blood circulation and is an herb of choice in addressing coughing that occurs after traumatic injury to the chest area.