Dianthus Health Benefits: Treats Bladder Stones, Bladder Obstructions, Urinary Tract Infections

Dianthus chinesis blooms. Photo courtesy of www.botanic.jp.
Dianthus chinesis blooms. Photo courtesy of www.botanic.jp.

Dianthus health benefits are many when it comes to promoting bladder and urinary tract health.

Many of the herbal formulas used here at Natchez Trace Veterinary Services contain Dianthus as one of the main ingredients, so we thought you may be interested in the history, use and effects of this amazing herb.

The name dianthus was given by the Greek botanist Theophrastus. Dianthus means divine (dios) flower (anthos). The relationship to the divine might reference Artemis and a story portraying the irrational anger of a goddess. Artemis was hunting when a shepherd playing an instrument frightened her quarry. In a fit of anger, Artemis tore out the shepherd’s eyes. However, her anger passed like a summer shower and she immediately felt sorry for her anger. Her remorse resulted in beautiful flowers that bloomed in the place of the man’s lost eyes. The reference to the divine haunts the flower in other ways, as well. Another name for carnations during the fifteenth century was gillyflower or clove. Many people felt that the scent of the carnation was similar to that of cloves. Cloves are shaped like nails – similar to the shape of the nails that people believed were used to hammer Jesus to the cross. Catholics chose dianthus to represent the Virgin Mary (as well as at least fifty percent of all other flowers). As a result, dianthus appears in many paintings of the Virgin from the thirteenth century foreword. -Plants & Bulbs Suite 101


Dianthus chinesis blooms. Photo courtesy of huahui8.com.
Dianthus chinesis blooms. Photo courtesy of huahui8.com.

Dianthus is an annual flowering herb that is a member of the carnation family. There are two types of dianthus: dianthus chinesis and dianthus superbusDianthus chinesis is used in herbal medicine. Dianthus grows well in cool zones but will also grow in warm areas with well-drained soil. It can be found in many places including meadows, streamsides, rocky ravines, grasslands, mountain slopes, forest margins, and dry hillsides. This herb is often used as an ornamental plant in landscapes and gardens throughout the United States.

One of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Rehmannia blends used in our clinic is Dianthus Harmonize Bladder. In Traditional Chinese Theory, when damp heat is present within the bladder the conditions are favorable for developing bladder crystals, bladder stones, bladder obstructions, and urinary tract infections. Dianthus, along with several supportive herbs (talcum, Plantago seed, gardenia, rhubarb root, licorice root, akebia, and rush pith) work to promote a proper urinary environment by draining damp heat, promoting urination, and resolving obstructions.

Dianthus Herb (Qu Mai). Photo courtesy of TCM.health-info.org.
Dianthus Herb (Qu Mai). Photo courtesy of TCM.health-info.org.

Dianthus Health Benefits in Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the dried aerial parts of the Dianthus chinesis are used, and the herb is called Qu Mai. Dianthus is considered cold and bitter in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is associated with the meridians of the Bladder, Heart, and Small Intestine. It unblocks the bowels, breaks up stasis, clears damp heat, promotes urination, and unblocks lin syndrome.

Dianthus Health Benefits in Western Herbal Medicine

In Western Herbal Medicine, the entire plant is used as a bitter tonic herb that stimulates the urinary system, digestive system, and bowels. Dianthus chinesis is classified as antibacterial, anthelmintic, antiphlogistic, diuretic, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, and haemostatic. Internally it is used to treat cystitis, urinary tract This herb is used aid digestion and the urinary system. It is used to treat cystitis, urinary stones, constipation, and failure to menstruate. Externally a decoction is used to treat skin inflammations and swellings. The old leaves can be crushed and used to clear the eyesight.

Dianthus Health Benefits in Culinary Use

Dianthus is also often used in cooking. (When using this herb for cooking make sure to remove the petal base – it is quite bitter!) Fresh dianthus petals can be used to liven up salads, sandwiches, and pies. The petals of the flowers, when crystallized, make beautiful decorations for cakes and pastries.

Dianthus Contraindications and Side Effects

Dianthus can stimulate the uterus, so it should not be taken by pregnant or lactating females. Overdosage of dianthus can cause prolonged contractions of the uterus. Currently, there are no known drugs that interact with dianthus.

Are you interested in improving the health of your pet with natural remedies, herbal medicine, or alternative medicine? Call us!

  • Natchez Trace Veterinary Services (Belle Meade) (615) 750-2248
  • Natchez Trace Veterinary Services (Franklin) (615) 790-8100


Note: It is always best to consult with your veterinarian before concluding that your pet has a particular ailment. Your veterinarian will also be able to recommend the best dosage of a particular remedy for your pet based on its symptoms, age, size, and specific needs. 


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