Alisma, Alisma Plantain d'Eau, Alismatis Plantago, Alisma plantago-aquatica, Alisma plantago-aquatica subsp. orientale, Alisma orientale, Alisma orientale (Sam.) Juz., Alisma plantago-aquatica var. orientale, Alismatis Plantago, Asian Water Plantain, Dong Fang Ze Xie, Jilgyeongitaegsa, Llanten de Agua, Plantain d'Eau, Rhizoma Alismatis, Ze Xie.


Overview Information

The Asian water plantain is a plant. The root and underground stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine.

People use Asian water plantain for conditions such as bladder and urinary tract diseases, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Be careful not to confuse Asian water plantain with other plantain species such as buckhorn plantain.

How does it work?

There isn't enough information to know how Asian water plantain works. It might work by increasing urine flow.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Bladder and urinary tract diseases.
  • Diabetes.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Dizziness.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Liver disease.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Asian water plantain for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

There isn't enough available information to know if Asian water plantain is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough available information to know if Asian water plantain is safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



We currently have no information for ASIAN WATER PLANTAIN Interactions.



The appropriate dose of Asian water plantain depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for water plantain. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


  • Shu Z, Pu J, Chen L, et al. Alisma orientale: Ethnopharmacology, Phytochemistry and Pharmacology of an Important Traditional Chinese Medicine. Am J Chin Med. 2016;44(2):227-51. View abstract.
  • Wang C, Feng L, Ma L, et al. Alisol A 24-Acetate and Alisol B 23-Acetate Induced Autophagy Mediates Apoptosis and Nephrotoxicity in Human Renal Proximal Tubular Cells. Front Pharmacol. 2017 Mar 31;8:172. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2017.00172. eCollection 2017. View abstract.
  • Yuen MF, Tam S, Fung J, Wong DK, Wong BC, Lai CL. Traditional Chinese medicine causing hepatotoxicity in patients with chronic hepatitis B infection: a 1-year prospective study. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2006 Oct 15;24(8):1179-86. View abstract.

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