Fractus Forsythiae


Fruit of Forsythia suspensa (Thunb.) Vahi., family Oleaceae.

Fruit somewhat flat-ovate, with acute tip and rounded bases, 1.0-2.5 cm long, surface green-brown or brown, with numerous convex spots and longitudinal wrinkles, and a longitudinal groove on each of the both sides. Pericarp indehiscing or dehiscing into two. Bitter in taste, slightly cold in nature, and attributive to lung, heart and gallbladder channels.

Clear away heat and toxic material, expel wind and heat, disperse lumps and stagnation.
1. For the onset of seasonal febrile diseases and exogenous wind-heat syndrome with fever, mild chilliness and thirst.
2. For qifen sthenia-heat syndrome with high fever, excessive thirst, full and large pulse, or syndrome involving the pericardium with fever, restlessness and coma.
3. For skin infections and scrofula. In addition, recently used for anaphylactic, thrombocytopenic purpura and hepatitis with heat-syndrome.

Pharmacological Action
1. Forsythol is a broad-spectrum antibacterial component.
2. Oleanolic acid contained in its pericarp exerts a mild cardiotonic and diuretic effect.
3. Its alcoholic extract is anti-inflammatory and reduces capillary fragility in the inflammatory focus.
4. Its decoction inhibits digitalis or apomorphine-induced vomiting in pigeons and in dogs.
5. Relieves the damage liver elicited by CCl4.

Administration Decoction: 6-15g.


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