Couch Grass

Scientific name: Agropyron repens

Common names:

Ayurvedic names:

Chinese names: Ou mao gen

Bangladesh names: dhoub grass

Arabic names:    النجيل الزاحف (an-najeel az-zaaahif)

Rain Forest names:

Family: Graminaceae

Approximate number of species known:

Common parts used: Root, leaf

Collection: Normally in early spring, or early Autumn

Annual/Perennial: Perennial

Height: upto 3 feet

Actions: Demulcent, anti-mocrobial, anti-lithic, tonic

Known Constituents: Mucilage, Trictin, silicic acid, potassium, onosital, mannitol, glycoside

Constituents Explained:


The Rhizome is yellow or yellowish-brown, generally 2-3mm and longitudaly furrowed.  When reduced to a powder it’s whitish-yellow.

Traditional Use:

Often used in formulas to promote alkalinity, one of the more commonly used grasses in antural formulas.  Common grass that might be found growing in someones back yard. Used for the urinary system and prostate.  Like most herbs for the kidnets, it finds it place for the treatment of rheumatism.

Clinical Studies: