Herba Humuli Scandentis


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 in nature.

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.

Pharmacological Action
1. Diuretic.
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.

Administration Decoction: 15-30g. External use: Appropriate amount.


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