Cornu Rhinocerotis

 

Source
The horn of Rhinoceros unicornis Linnaeus or several other species of the same genus, family Rhinocerotidae.

Characteristic
Horn conical, slightly flat at the upper part, obtuse at the tip, 10-50 cm or more in high; surface black, smooth at the upper part, cracked at the middle, with a deep anterior groove and posterior protuberance and uneven surface near the base. Basal disk oblong, concave at middle, with numerous small pores. Prepared as pieces vertically sliced, grey-white, with vertical striae, and transparent spots seen through the light. Sour and salty in taste, cold in nature, and attributive to heart, liver and stomach channels.

Indication
Clear away heat, cool the blood and stop bleeding, purge the sthenic fire and remove toxic materials, clear away heart-fire and calm the mind: For seasonal febrile diseases involving yingfen and xuefen with high fever, thirst, coma and delirium, or high fever, irritability, convulsion and eruption; blood-heat syndrome manifested as hematemesis, epistaxis, hemoptysis, metrorrhagia, etc., usually used together with Radix Rehmanniae and Cortex Moutan Radicis.

Pharmacological Action
1. Antipyretic and anticonvulsive.
2. Cardiotonic, especially for weakened heart.

Administration Decoction: 1.5-6.0g (slice or powder, and decocted first or separately). Powder: 1-3g.
Juice (after ground): Appropriate amount.

Caution: Be careful for pregnant woman. Do not use together with Radix Aconiti and Radix Aconiti Kusnezoffli.


   

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