Rhizome of Smitax glabra Roxb., family Liliaceae
growing transversely and irregularly, with nodular protuberances, 5-22
cm long, 2-5 cm in diameter. Surface grey-yellow, uneven with hard and
fine fibrous roots. Prepared by crosscutting into circular pieces, section
showing pink, farinaceous and numerous silvery bright spots with dense
vascular bundle dots at the. center. Sticky and slippery after soaked.
Sweet and bland in taste, mild in nature, and attributive to liver and
toxic material, dampness and ease the joint: For carbuncle, skin lesions
of dampness type especially for syphilis. Recently also used for leptospirosis
and mercurialism; also for stranguria of heat type, wet beriberi, muscular
spasm of dampness-heat type.