Botanical Name(s): Portulacae Oleraceae
Popular Name(s): Portulaca, Ma Chi Xian, Purslane
Parts Used: Leaves and stems
Habitat: The herb is native of many parts of Europe, found in the East and West Indies and China.
Description: It has a round, smooth, procumbent, succulent stem, growing about 6 inches high, with small, oblong, wedge shaped, dark-green leaves, thick and stalked, clustered together. The flowers are small, yellow, solitary or clustered; stalk less, placed above the last leaves on the branches.
Uses: Cools the blood. This herb is used internally for damp heat with symptoms of toxic dysentery, boils, sores, vaginal discharges, and urinary tract infections