Lycopus lucidus

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Lycopus lucidus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Lycopus
L. lucidus
Binomial name
Lycopus lucidus

Lycopus lucidus is a species of plant in the family Lamiaceae. The dried rhizomes are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, where they are known as Lycopi rhizoma or le zan and have a reputation for promoting blood circulation and energy (qi), and preventing water retention. They are said to have a "warming" property, and have a mild bittersweet flavor.

Bowl of deep fried Lycopus lucidus rhizomes


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