Bletilla striata

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Bletilla striata

Chinese medicine
A perennial orchid, the root/tuber of which is used as an anti-inflammatory, astringent and haemolytic agent; it has been used topically for acne, burns, dermatitis and eczema, and internally for tuberculosis, oral, gastrointestinal and respiratory tract haemorrhage; it is believed to promote healing of traumatised tissues.