Earth Medicine Special Report: Siegesbeckia from David Bruce Leonard on Vimeo.
PLANT NAME: Siegesbeckia orientalis L.
COMMON NAMES: Xi xian cao [China]; small yellow crown beard [English]; colle colle (“stick stick”) [Creole]; hay lim cho [Canton]; kakamika [Tonga]; kirenso [Japan]; oech’umch’o [Korea]; st. paulswort [English]; trompetilla (S. cordifolia) [Colombia].
RANGE: Native to tropical areas of North and South America.
TOXICITY: Some Chinese sources list Siegesbeckia as slightly toxic.
CAUTIONS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS: Not in pregnancy.
ENERGETIC CAUTIONS: Caution in blood or yin deficiency.
NOTES ‘N QUOTES
The uses of xi xian cao were first recorded in China in 659 A.D.
The flowers are sticky, as are the seeds, which spread via animal contact.