Herba Senecionis Scandentis


Herb of Seneclo scandens Buch.-Ham., family Compositae. dim

Herb, more than 1 m. tall. Stem slender, somewhat tortuous. leaves opposite, triangular-lanceolate. Capitulum numerous, in corymb arrangement, corolla yellow. Bitter in taste, cold in nature, and attributive to lang, liver and large intestine channels.

1. Clear away heat and toxic material: For skin infection, sore-throat, erysipelas, appendicitis, etc. Recently also used for leptospirosis.
2. Clear away liver-fire to treat eye disease: For conjunctivitis. Recently used for acute and chronic conjunctivitis, trachoma, keratitis, corneal ulcer, etc., orally or toptically.
3. Clear dampness-heat: For diarrhea and dysentery of dampness-heat type, skin lesions of dampness type, etc.

Pharmacological Action
I. Broad-spectrum antibacteric. Its antibacterial components are para-hydroxyphenylacetic acid, salicylic acid, vanillic acid, pyromucic acid and hydroquinone.
2. Its 1/80-1/I600 decoction inhibits the growth of leptospira.
3. Anti-trichomonas vaginalis in vitro.
4. Its component, senecionine, is anticarcinogenic on Walker sarcoma

Administration Decoction: 15-30g. Eyedrop: 50% solution.


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