Oldenlandia Herb


  • Bitter
  • Sweet
  • Cold
  • Liver
  • Stomach
  • Large Intestine
  • Swollen Throat
  • Skin Sores
  • Gynecologic Infections
  • Clear Heat
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Other Names

  • Oldenlandia diffusa herb
  • Oldenlandia
  • Hedysarum

Pin Yin Name

  • Bai Hua She She Cao

About Oldenlandia (Bai Hua She She Cao)
Oldenlandia is from the Rubiaceae family and is collected from the wild. It is found mainly in the southeastern provinces of China (Guangxi, Guangdong, and Fujian) growing at low altitude in moist fields. It is collected in summer and autumn, dried in sunlight, or used fresh. 

In “Chinese Medicinal Herbs of Hong Kong”, among the indications for oldenlandia is “early stage of cancer of lungs, liver, and rectum.”

Its range of folk uses and clinical applications in modern Chinese medicine are extensive. It may help with skin sores and ulcerations, swollen and painful throat, bronchitis, gynecologic infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, hepatitis, and cancer. Oldenlandia is used to relieve toxicity and clear heat. It has been used in the treatment of colon, stomach, and esophageal cancer. It is said to activate the reticuloendothelial system and helps to increase phagocytosis by lymphocytes. It may also aid in granulocytic leukemia and acute lymphocytic by inhibiting vitro cells in high concentration.

Scientific Studies on Oldenlandia
Many studies have been conducted that demonstrate the anti-cancer potential of oldenlandia. "Oldenlandia diffusa extract effectively inhibited the growth of all the eight cancer cell lines and induced significant increase of apoptosis. The extract exhibited minimum toxic effect on normal pancreatic cells. Furthermore, there was a significant inhibition of lung metastases in the animal model with no noticeable adverse effects. The herb extract could be a potential anticancer agent" (Gupta et. al, 2004). Other studies seem to support the claim. "Recent laboratory studies of the action of oldenlandia suggest that the herb may contribute to inhibiting growth of cancer cells, promoting cancer cell death (apoptosis), and enhancing immune attack against cancer cells" (Dharmananda, 2004).

With so many different ways to use bulk herbs, it is easy to get confused. In order to understand how to use the different parts of the plant, please see our informational chart below. We also have several helpful pages if you need additional information. Check out our How to Use Bulk Herbs page to see how to use herbs correctly. 

Parts of Plants Tincture Decoction Syrup/Gargle Topical/Facial Tea/Infusion Cooking
Hard/Dried Berries ✓  ✓  Powder first.    ✓ 
Soft Fruit ✓    ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓ 
 Leaves   ✓    ✓ 
Roots/Tubers ✓  Decoct first.  Powder first.    ✓ 
Bark ✓  Decoct first. ✓   
Stems ✓  Decoct first.  Powder first.  
Flowers    Make tea first.  Powder first. ✓   


  • Do not use if pregnant or nursing
  • Can cause allergic reactions such as rashes or itching.

How to Use



Quality Information

Inspection is conducted by highly trained staff using macroscopic, microscopic, and sometimes thin layer chromatography (TLC) means to confirm species. Herbs are tested also for sulfur dioxide residues and for certain pesticide residues to ensure safety and quality.
This product is pharmacopeia grade (it meets or exceeds standards of Chinese pharmacopeia guidelines). Simply put, the quality of pharmacopeia herbs is better than commonly used food grade herbs to ensure they deliver their intended effect. These herbs were made at good manufacturing practices (GMP) internationally certified facilities. Quality control tests are done at the manufacturing site and at third party labs to confirm results. The testing includes detecting for contaminants such as heavy metals, mircobacteria, and pesticide residues.



Dharmananda, Subhuti. "Oldenlandia." Oldenlandia and Scutellaria: Antitoxin and Anticancer Herbs. Institute for Traditional Medicine, Sept. 2004. <http://www.itmonline.org/arts/oldenlandia.htm>.

Gupta S, Zhang D, Yi J, Shao J. Anticancer activities of Oldenlandia diffusa. J Herb Pharmacother. 2004;4(1):21-33. PubMed PMID: 15273074.


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