Rhizoma Belamcandae


Rhizome of Belamcanda chinensis (L.) DC., family Indaceae.

Rhizome irregularly nodose, 3-10 cm long, 1-2 cm in diameter. Outer surface yellow-brown, with dense stem nodal rings, and several discoidal stem scars or relic stem at the upper part, and relic roots or root scars at the lower part. Section showing yellow and granular. Bitter in taste, cold in nature, and attributive to lung channel.

Clear away heat and toxic material, eliminate sputum and ease the throat: For sorethroat, productive cough and shortness of breath due to phlegm heat, scrofula. External use for padly field dermatitis.

Pharmacological Action
1. Bacteriostatic.
2. Its alcoholic extract can lower blood pressure, accelerate respiration and increase pulse rate in rabbits.
3. Oral use of alcoholic extract increases saliva secretion in rabbits.

Administration Decoction: 6-9g. Topical washing: 60-120g boiled in water with a small amount of salt.


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