Botanical Name – Houttuynia cordata
Chinese Name – YU XING CAO
English Name – Chameleon plant
Houttuynia cordata, commonly known as fish mint, fish leaf, rainbow plant, chameleon plant, heart leaf, fish wort, Chinese lizard tail, or bishop’s weed, is one of two species in the genus Houttuynia (the other being H. emeiensis). It is a flowering plant native to Southeast Asia. It grows in moist, shady locations.
Houttuynia cordata is a herbaceous perennial plant that can grow to 0.6–1 metre, spreading up to 1 metre.
It is commonly grown as a leaf vegetable, and is used as a fresh herbal garnish. The leaf has an unusual taste that is often described as ‘fishy’ (earning it the nickname “fish mint”), so it is not enjoyed as universally as basil, mint, or other more commonly used herbs.
Medicinal Action and Uses
Anti-Aging – Due to its antioxidant properties, it can help to slow the aging process.
Antibacterial – Studies show that Houttuynia Cordata kills salmonella bacteria and other infections.
Anti-Inflammatory – The plants anti-inflammatory effects make it useful to treat joint pain, swelling and redness.
Antioxidant – Houttuynia Cordata contains powerful antioxidants including rutin and quercetin. These help to prevent DNA damage and heal DNA damage and thus prevent and heal disease.
Probiotic – Fermentation process of this herb in the body helps to grow more beneficial bacteria in the gut thus greatly improving our immune system. Our gut is our immune system, and thus works wonders for lots of immune building processes. Houttuynia Cordata keeps bad bacteria from taking over and helps good bacteria to thrive.
Topical Uses – Chameleon Plant has detoxing agents that helps to promote healthy skin and heal acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
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Cut herbs are herbs which have been harvested and then cut into smaller pieces, suitable for further processing. Cut herbs like Houttuynia cordata / YU XING CAO / Chameleon plant Cut can be used to produce tinctures or fluid extracts. They can also be used in herbal teas and infusions.