Osbeckia chinensis is an erect, herbaceous perennial that sometimes forms woody stems and becomes shrub-like. It ranges in height from 20 - 100 cm tall[
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for medicinal use.
E. Asia - China, Japan, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to Australia.
Grassy places in lowland areas of central and southern Japan[
]. Hilly places, edges of paddy fields and roadsides in China[
The whole plant is antitussive, expectorant and febrifuge[
]. A decoction is used in the treatment of watery diarrhoea, dysentery and excessive sputum production in coughing[
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