Gold Coin Grass

Lysimachia christinae

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Common names

  • Gold Coin Grass
  • Jin Qian Cao

Known as Jin Qian Cao in Chinese, gold coin grass (scientific name Lysimachia christinae) is a green leafy herb having a comparatively mild flavour and an aroma that reminds one of straw-clover type. People in China have used this herb for therapeutic purposes for several centuries.

A very flavourful plant, gold coin grass can often grow up to a height of one meter. The leaves of this herb are simple and grow opposite to each other on the stems. The flowers of gold coin grass are small and purple hued. They appear in racemes during the summer. Gold coin grass is a perennially growing plant that can endure very cold conditions. All flowers of this herb contain the male as well as female reproductive parts and they are insect pollinated.

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Gold coin grass is like a shrub having several branches. The tender branches of this plant are swathed with a thick layer of white or yellow bristles. Generally, the leaves of gold coin grass have a single lobe, but you can also find some leaves having as many as three lobes. The leaves are oval shaped and measures below an inch in width, while their length is not even two inches.

Gold coin grass is basically a legume, which has the ability to fix nitrogen. In other words, this plant can convert nitrogen from the atmosphere into ammonia - a chemical that works as a natural fertilizer putting off the depletion of nutrients from the soil. In herbal medicine, gold coin grass is used in the form of a diuretic to augment urine output. In addition, this herb is also used to reduce fevers as well as cure sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like gonorrhea and others.

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Parts used

Roots.

Uses

Gold coin grass tincture is known to be beneficial for people with gallstones. Taking this extract prior to a flushing procedure may be a good substitute to surgery. In fact, the Chinese prepare a tincture from gold coin grass that helps to soften and crush the gallstones. Although this process is very sluggish, several people have reported that using the tincture for a few days helped to alleviate the pain associated with gallstones.

Gold coin grass works by reducing the gallstones' size, thereby facilitating the body to flush the stones from the system. Therefore, gold coin grass is often employed in the form of a preparatory herb for flushing the liver as well as the gallbladder and it is said to help in alleviating a number of symptoms related to gallbladder. This herb is mainly used internally in the form of a tincture. Apart from treating gallstones, this herb is also used to cure other health conditions, including stones in the urinary tract and severe, chronic hepatitis.

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By tradition, people have been using gold coin grass for treating stones in the gallbladder and kidneys. Often, the use of this herb does away with the need to remove the stones by surgery. If you use the herb regularly for some time, it will crush the kidney and gallstones into smaller pieces, which can subsequently be eliminated from the system.

When the gallbladder is blocked due to stone formation or other problems, it prevents the body part from functioning effectively. At times, such blockades may result in severe health conditions. In fact, the gall bladder works in the form of a bile reservoir. Bile is necessary for lubricating bowel as well as for digesting ingested fats effectively. The gall bladder and liver work in conjunction for best possible performance, because when working alone, the liver is unable to produce sufficient bile faster.

Many people usually undergo surgeries to remove their gallstones. However, patients undergoing such surgeries may have to suffer from enduring adverse affects. Therefore, removing the gallstones naturally is definitely a better option. In such situations, using gold coin grass is an excellent way to get rid of gallstones in a natural way.

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In a number of people, bile and cholesterol may be responsible for the formation of gallstones. Usually, these stones are removed from the body by surgical methods, which often lead to various complications. Use of gold coin grass tincture may help to decrease the size of the gallstones and eventually help in getting rid of the system through flushing.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), gold coin tincture is used extensively for preventing as well as forcing out gallstones and kidney stones from the system. In fact, in most cases, such health conditions develop owing to unhealthy food habits as well as absence of exercise.

As far as our food is concerned, most of us seem to forget the significance of having a healthy diet. In fact, problems like gallstone and kidney stone formation are a result of unhealthy food habits. In many cases, gallstones may lead to severe consequences and, at the same time, cause painful symptoms. In addition to treating gallstones and kidney stones, one may take gold coin tinctures on a regular basis to expel toxic substances from the body, enhance fat digestion as well as bowel movements. As gold coin grass helps to cleanse the liver, this aids in providing relief from the symptoms of various diseases and ailments, thereby facilitating in crushing the gallstones and kidney stones into very smaller parts and eventually making it possible to eliminate them from our body.

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Use of gold coin grass extract and tincture over several centuries has proved that the herb is safe for use by most people, as they have not reported any adverse or side effects of using this herb internally. In most instances, patients get relief from the pain associated with gall bladder stones just after using the tincture for a few days. In addition to treating gall bladder and kidney stones, gold coin grass tincture has also been used externally to cure skin complaints like sores and lesions. This tincture is also said to be effective for treating snake bites. The herb is also useful for women, as it is used to treat conditions like erratic menstruation.

Habitat and cultivation

Gold coin grass is indigenous to the lowlands in East Asia that are located 1,000 meters below sea level. Its original home includes places like China, Cambodia, India, Vietnam, Laos and Malaysia. In China, gold coin grass grows widely in a number of provinces, including Yunnan, Hainan, Guangdong and Fujian.

Research

Findings of a study undertaken to find how the use of gold coin grass affected kidney stones were carried in the 1993 edition of the British Journal of Urology. Scientists at Japan's Kumamoto University encouraged the formation of kidney stones in two different mice groups. It was found that while mice placed in the control group faced 81 percent risk of developing kidney stones, the chances of mice in the group that received an extract of gold coin grass developing the condition was as low as 29 percent.

Constituents

Gold coin grass contains:

Side effects and cautions

Most people find gold coin grass tolerable and it does not cause any major side effect in them. However, there have been reports that the use of this herb has caused symptoms like headaches, fever, vomiting, nausea and earaches as well as muscle pain in some others. Medical practitioners as well as scientists believe that these side effects may not directly be attributed to the use of gold coin grass, but a fall out of the kidney stone passing through the urinary tract, which usually discharges some toxic substances in our body.

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