Radix Stellariae


The root of Stellana dichotoma L. var. lanceolata Bunge, family Caryophyliaceae.

Root cylindroid, or branching, 15-40 cm long, 1.0-2.5 cm in diameter, with yellow-white surface, numerous tuberculate stem scar presenting at the root stock and twisted longitudinal striae at the body; rootlet scar depressed. Prepared as slices, section showing cracks, vascular bundles in radial arrangement alternating with yellow and white. Sweet in taste, slightly cold in nature, and attributive to liver and stomach channels.

Lower asthenic fever and fever of infantile malnutrition: For the late stage of febrile disease complicated by yin-deficiency with hectic fever and night sweat, and for infantile malnutrition with fever, usually used together with Cortex Lycii Radicis, Herba Artemisiae Annuae, etc.

Administration Decoction: 3-9g.


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