Other names: zǐwǎn

While many Aster species are commonly referred to as the Purple Aster, A. tataricus is an ancient herb in traditional Chinese medicine, serving as an expectorant for the lungs, and taken to clear infections. It is strongly antibacterial.


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Medicinal Plants in the Republic of Korea World Health Organisation, Manila 1998 ISBN 92 9061 120 0

Handbook of Chinese Herbs and Formulas. Institute of Chinese Medicine, Los Angeles 1985

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