Rhizoma seu Radix Notopterygii

 

Source
Rhizome of Notopterygium incisum Ting ex H.T. Chang or the rhizome and root of N. forbesii Boiss, family Umbelliferae.

Characteristics
Rhizome stoutly terete, with dense and protruded nodes and rounded stem bases remained at the tip, the whole shape like a silk-worm, named Silkworm Notopterygium; those with thin intemodal spaces named Nodal Notoptepygium; N. forbesii, with nodes at the rhizome and no nodes at the root named Striped Notopterygium. Cross section of the three loosely radial, with characteristic fragrance. Acrid and bitter in taste, warm in nature, and attributive to urinary bladder and kidney channels.

Indication
Expel cold and induce sweating to expel the exogenous evils from the body surface: For common cold of wind-cold type with severe headache and general pain, recurrent headache or headache of wind-cold type, rheumatism, usually used together with Radix Ledebourieliae, Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong and Radix Angelicae Dahuricae, etc.

Pharmacological Action
Its volatile oil relieves acute myocardial ischemia and increases coronary flow in experimental animals.

Administration Decoction: 3-10g.


   

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