Ingredient Spotlight

Water Plantain / Ze Xie


Water Plantain reduces inflammation but is mainly used to complement and support the healing effects of other herbs.

Helps with:

  • Water retention

  • Inflammation

  • Immunity

  • Blood flow

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How it heals

In Chinese Medicine, Water Plantain works to drain Kidney Deficiency Fire and dampness.

In Western medicine, Water Plantain works to reduce inflammation and water retention, and induces apoptosis. It’s also known to support the liver and immune system, and has anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.

Fun fact: Water Plantain is a beautiful plant that resembles a leafy water lily, often spotted in ponds and lakes. But it’s the underground rhizome that’s sought after for TCM purposes.


Ze Xie was added along with Zhi Mu to help nourish yin and clear yin deficiency heat. Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan is a classical Chinese herbal formula that contains Ze Xie and Zhi Mu, along with the following herbs that are also found in Elix Cycle Balance: Foxglove, Moutan, and Poria.

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How we use it

Triterpenoids are the main secondary metabolites isolated from Ze Xie, and reported with various bioactive properties, including anticancer, lipid-regulating, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and diuretic activities.
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Alisol A, a component of Ze Xie, could inhibit the proliferation and metastasis of MDA-MB-231 cells. It could be a promising agent for breast cancer therapy.
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The pharmacological studies show that Ze Xie exhibits diuretic, anti-urolithiatic, anti-hyperlipidemia, antidiabetics, antitumor, antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-complementary activities.
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Based on the available results, protostane-type triterpenoids might be the main active ingredients for the anti-inflammatory activities of Ze Xie.
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