Pharmaceutical Latin: Flos Buddlejae
Common English: Buddlieae Flower Bud
Pale Butterfly Bush Flower
Herbs that Clear Heat and Purge Fire: Herbs that Clear Heat and Drain Fire; Herbs that Clear Heat in the Qi Stage
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Slightly Cool
3-10g (3-9)
Tincture: 1-3ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Clears the Liver, brightens eyes and reduces superficial visual obstruction

Red, swollen, painful eyes, excessive tearing, superficial visual obstruction, cataracts or photophobia, glare

It can be used for either Excess or Deficiency

  • This herb is slightly toxic. Use with caution.
  • Avoid over dosage. It may cause dizziness, vomiting, dyspepsia, numbness of the extremities and tremors.
  • Concurrent use with diuretics such as chlorothiazide, hydrochlorothiazide, furosimide (Lasix), bumetanide (Bumex) and torsemide (Demadex) may lead to increased elimination of water and electrolytes.

Flos Eriocauli
Gu Jing Cao

Fr. Lycii
Gou Qi Zi
Sm. Cuscutae
Tu Si Zi
(Sm. Astragali Complanati)
(Sha Yuan Zi)

Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Hb. Equiseti Hiemalis
Mu Zei

Red, swollen, painful eyes, excessive tearing, or superficial visual obstruction due to Wind-Heat or Liver Fire.

Blurred or otherwise impaired vision due to Liver and Kidney Deficiency.

Eye disorders caused by Wind-Heat.

Concha Haliotidis
Shi Jue Ming
Sm. Cassiae
Jue Ming Zi
Flos Eriocauli
Gu Jing Cao

Concha Haliotidis
Shi Jue Ming
Fr. Lycii
Gou Qi Zi

Hb. Equiseti Hiemalis
Mu Zei

Faeces Vespertilionis
Ye Ming Sha
Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui

Liver disorders due to Liver Heat.

Blurred vision due to Liver Deficiency.

Superficial visual obstruction.

Fr. Viticis
Man Jing Zi
Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Hb. Schizonepetae
Jing Jie
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua



Itching eyes.



  1. It benefits the eyes by tonifying Liver Yin and and cooling Liver Heat.
  2. It enters the Liver channel at the Qi and Blood levels. Sweetness tonifies the Blood and coldness cools Heat.
  3. It is often used for gradual loss of sight, blurred vision and visual obstruction.
  4. It moistens Liver Dryness.
  5. This herb can be used as a pillow.
  6. Both Mi Meng Hua and Flos Eriocauli Gu Jing Cao expel Wind, and cool Heat, benefit the eyes and reduce superficial visual obstruction. they are often combined to treat eye disorders. Gu Jing Cao is acrid, sweet, cool and enters the Liver and Stomach channels. It is good for eye problems and for headache and toothache due to Wind. Mi Ming Hua is sweet, cold, and also enters the Liver channel. Its rising and dispersing nature is not as strong as Gu Jing Cao. It excels at simultaneously cooling Liver Heat, tonifying Liver Blood and moistening Liver Dryness. I can be used for all types of eye problems.
  7. Both Mi Meng Hua and Hb. Celosiae Qing Xiang Zi cool the Liver, improve vision and reduce superficial visual obstructions. Mi Meng Hua nourishes Liver Blood to tonify and clear Heat. Qing Xiang Zi is bitter , cold and has a sinking nature, and is therefore only appropriate for Liver Fire and Heat toxin flushing the eyes.