Herbs & Plants

Ajuga decumbens


Botanical Name : Ajuga decumbens
Family: Lamiaceae/Labiatae
Subfamily: Ajugoideae
Genus: Ajuga
Species: Ajuga decumbens
Order: Lamiales
Common Japanese name: Kiransoo
Other Name :Bai Mao Xia Ku Cao
Habitat: Ajuga decumbens is native to  E. Asia – China, Japan. It grows in  the thin woods and hedges in hills and low mountains, C. and S. Japan. Sunny meadows on hill sides from the lowlands to elevations of 1000 metres

Ajuga decumbens is an evergreen Perennial  plant,  growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in). It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Apr to June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. Ajuga  has several  Species    and  this species is a wild version of Ajuga, the ground-cover plant.


We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a humus-rich, moisture retentive soil and a sunny position.

Seed – sow spring or autumn in the open border. Division in spring.

Medicinal Uses:

The whole plant is analgesic, decoagulant, depurative, febrifuge and haemostatic. It promotes tissue regeneration. A decoction of the leaves, or the leaf juice, is used internally in the treatment of bladder ailments, diarrhoea, eye troubles etc whilst externally it is applied to burns, cuts etc. A decoction of the stem is bathed onto neuralgic and rheumatic parts. A hot decoction of the seed is used in the treatment of stomach ache and diarrhoea.
The leaf decoction is used for bladder ailments, diarrhea, eye trouble, fever; juice for bugbites, burns, cuts, and tumors.  Fresh leaves are pounded with boiled rice and poulticed onto carcinoma.  A shoot decoction is bathed onto neuralgic and rheumatic parts.  A hot decoction of the seed is used for diarrhea, stomach ache.  The plant is used for abscesses, boils, bronchitis, burns, cancer, cold, colic, epistaxis, fever, fungoid diseases, hemorrhage, hypertension, inflammation, pneumonia, snakebite, sore throat and tonsillitis.  The whole plant promotes tissue regeneration. A decoction of the stem is bathed onto neuralgic and rheumatic parts.

Other Uses: Ground Cover

The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


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