The horn of Rhinoceros unicornis Linnaeus or several other species of
the same genus, family Rhinocerotidae.
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
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
1. Antipyretic and anticonvulsive.
2. Cardiotonic, especially for weakened heart.
Decoction: 1.5-6.0g (slice or powder, and decocted first or separately).
Juice (after ground): Appropriate amount.
Be careful for pregnant woman. Do not use together with Radix Aconiti
and Radix Aconiti Kusnezoffli.