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Sliced and dehydrated schizonepeta is available in different herbal stores and shops. In fact, you can also find the herb in its carbonized form. Again there are several herbal stores that sell schizonepeta in powder and decoction forms. The herb encloses numerous chemical compounds, including menthol, menthone, cineole, hesperidin, caffeic acid and schizonodiol. In traditional Chinese medicine, schizonepeta has warm and pungent properties, and is related to the lung and liver meridians. The herb and medications prepared with it are effective in expelling wind and stopping bleeding. Usually, the herb is widely used to treat wind-cold exterior syndromes having symptoms such as headaches, chills and fever. In addition, schizonepeta also helps to cure bloody stools and uterine bleeding and several scientific researches have shown that schizonepeta extract has the potential to accelerate the time taken for blood to clot. It is important to note here that for these conditions it is essential to use carbonized schizonepeta. In addition to these, the herb is also able to lessen inflammation and swelling. A brief discussion on the use of the herb for different conditions is presented below.
The suitable dosage of schizonepeta depends on several factors like the age of the patient, his or health health, and many other conditions. The normal dose of schizonepeta varies between 4.5 grams to 9.0 grams. A decoction of this herb is prepared by boiling in water and used to treat various conditions discussed above. Some herbal medical practitioners also use schizonepeta as part of a poultice to treat certain skin conditions. Always ensure that you follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using the herb or medications prepared with it.
The herb is available with compounding pharmacies in cream form for topical usage. Conventional or traditional Chinese medicine, known as TCM, practitioners recommend schizonepeta for internal use in the form of an herbal tea. However, one should be cautious about not applying schizonepeta creams or lotions on open wounds. The cream prepared from the herb should also not be used on bare skin for it may result in side effects. In addition, the herb or medications prepared with it should not be prescribed for pregnant women as well as nursing mothers. The herb may also prove to be detrimental for the health of people suffering from anemia or any other blood related problems and, hence, they too should not use schizonepeta in any form. In addition, large doses of the herb's volatile oil may result in unwanted side-effects. It should not be taken by patients who have dry mouth.