Herba Lophatheri


Herb of Lophatherum gracile Brongn., family Gramineae.

A perennial herb. Fibrous roots numerous, the middle of which usually enlarged to form root tubers. Culm 70 cm long, circular, with nodes. Section hollow. Leaves alternate, lanceolate; parallel veins and small transverse veins obvious, forming small squares. The dried ones yellow-green. Prepared as segments. Sweet in taste, cold in nature, and attributive to heart, stomach and small intestine channels.

1. Clear away heat and relieve vexation: For febrile diseases with fever, thirst and chest upset, usually used together with Gypsum Fibrosum, Rhizoma Anemarrhenae; for common cold of wind-heat type, used together with Flos Chrysanthemi, Herba Menthae, etc.
2. Clear away heart-fire and promote diuresis: For heart-heat syndrome with aphthae and oliguria with reddish urine, stranguria of heat type, usually used together with Caulis Akebiae, Radix Rehmanniae and Radix Glycyrrhizae.

Pharmacological Action
1. Antipyretic: Stomach perfusion of its infusion can reduce vaccine-induced fever in rats. The antipyretic effect of infusion (2g/kg) is 0.83 times as that of phenacetin (33mg/kg) in cats or rabbits.
2. Increasing the amount of chlorides in urine although its diuretic effect is weak.

Administration Decoction: 6-12g.


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