by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu
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Latin botanical name: Cymbopogon
citratus (DC.) Stapf
Common Name: lemon
Characteristics and channel (meridian)
relation: Acrid, warm, anti
stomachache, diarrhea; rheumatism, contusion, hematoma, irregular menses,
Example of Usages: Chronic
back pain and rheumatism: xiang mao, shan xiang (山
香 ) , guo shan xiang (過
山 香 ), jin gou ji ( 金
狗 脊)18 grams each, add
water and double boil. Taken orally. Headache due to cold: fresh xiang mao 40
grams boiled with water and taken orally. Contusion and hematoma: 40-60 grams of
fresh xiang mao boiled with water and taken orally.
10-15 grams or few drops of the oil extract.
Note: Fresh xiang mao (lemon grass) is not sold in Chinese herb stores but
can be found in Vietnamese / Chinese market or East Indian market in America.
Sometimes it can be found in Super Markets in California. It is
sold in market places in South East Asia.