Herb of Humulus scandens (Lour.) Merr., family Moraceae.
A twining herb, with reversed prickles at the branches and petioles. Leaves
opposite, 5-7 palmately parted, margin serrate, with bristles on both
sides and yellow glandular spots on the dorsal surface, petiole long.
Flowers rarely seen in commercial drugs. Sweet and bitter in taste, cold
1. Clear away heat and dissipate phlegm: For productive cough due to lung-heat,
pulmonary tuberculosis, scrofula, pulmonary abscess, etc.
2. Clear away heat and toxic materials, promote diuresis: For diarrhea
and dysentery of dampness-heat type, stranguria of heat type, edema, hemorrhoids,
snake bite, etc.
2. Bacteriostatic. Flower and fruit inhibit the growth of Bacillus tuberculosis
and its alcoholic infusion of stems and leaves inhibits that of graimpositive
bacteria in vitro.
Decoction: 15-30g. External use: Appropriate amount.