Used as a medicinal herb, Schizonepeta tenuifolia, (family Lamiaceae), is cultivated chiefly in the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Jiangxi, China. The above-ground parts are collected in autumn, or early winter, and dried in the shade.
- Schizonepeta is used for the common cold, fever, sore throat, and heavy menstrual periods. It is also used for skin disorders including eczema, allergic rashes, and psoriasis.
Schizonepeta appears to be safe in low doses for most people. In high doses, a chemical in schizonepeta might damage the liver.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of schizonepeta during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Liver disease: There is a concern that schizonepeta might make liver disease worse. Don’t use it if you have a liver problem.
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