Herba Centellae


Herb of Centella asiatica (L.) Urb., family Umbelliferae.

A creeping herb; the dried sample curled into bodies. Stem slender, with roots growing on the nodes. Leaves alternate or nearly clustered, blade 1-4 cm broad, rounded-reniform, with a triangular gap at the base, margin coarsely serrate; petiole 3-6 cm long. Flowers umbellated, axillary and small-globular. Bitter in taste, cold in nature, and attributive to liver, spleen and kidney channels.

1. Clear away heat and toxic materials, promote the production of fluid to quench thirst: For preventing and treating measles, influenza and summer-heat syndrome; for treating common cold of wind-heat type and seasonal febrile disease with high fever, excessive thirst, sore throat, and conjunctival congestion, diarrhea of summer-heat type, etc. External use for carbuncle and herpes zoster.
2. Relieve drug poisoning: For poisoning of Ramulus et Elegantis, poisoning mushroom, cassava, Radix seu Trifoliatae, organic phosphorus, arsenic, etc. Folium Gelsemii Herba Derridis
3. Clear away dampness-heat: For jaundice of dampness-heat type. Recently, used for acute icteric hepatitis.
4. Clear away heat and cool the blood: For hematemesis, hemoptysis, epistaxis and hematuria due to blood-heat.
5. Remove blood stasis and alleviate pain: For trauma.

Pharmacological Action
Antibacterial. It has been reported that a component asiaticoside is effective for leprosy.

Administration Decoction: 9-15g. For poisoning: 500-1500g of fresh herb squeezed into juice.


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