Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bai Ji (Rhizoma Bletilla Streata)

This lovely and hardy ground orchid just finished flowering in the garden. It is surprising that it came back after such a harsh winter. The colors and the energy of the plant were strong and vibrant this year and I was happy to see it come back with such vigor. 
In Chinese herbal medicine, this plant is in the category of Herbs that Stop Bleeding. The tuber is dried and made into a powder. It enters the Lung, Stomach and Liver channels and may also be used topically for localized trauma.

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