Mentha haplocalyx (or Mentha arvensis)
Chinese herbalists believe this fragrant mint speeds recovery in diseases such as measles by bringing rashes to the skin's surface. Field mint is also prescribed for a range of conditions that include gynecological problems and emotional disturbances. Characterized in Chinese medicine as an acrid, cool herb, field mint is cultivated throughout China.
Taken internally for:
You can buy field mint in its natural form at Chinese pharmacies, Asian and Western groceries and health food stores. It is also available in tablet form.
Combinations: A mixture with prunella is prescribed for inflammation of the eyes and swelling of the lymph nodes. A preparation prescribed for a sore, swollen throat combines field mint with platycodon and silkworm. Mixed with chrysanthemum flower (Chrysanthemum morifolium) to relieve headaches and other pains, as well as redness and swelling of the eyes. Practitioners warn against overcooking when preparing medicinal solutions of the mint; it is usually added to combinations five minutes before the cooking is finished. Consult your herbalist for further information on appropriate combinations and dosages.