Semen Alpiniae Katsumadai

 

Source
The seed masses of Alpinia Katsumadai Hayata, family Zingiberaceae.

Characteristics
Seed masses spherical, 1.5-3.0 cm in diameter, dividing into three segments separated by diaphragms, each of which contains numerous seeds adhesing together. Single seed ovate-multisided, 3-5 mm long, covered with light brown membranous aril, with a longitudinal grooved raphe on one side, and a hilum at one end. Aromatic in odour. Acrid in taste, warm in nature, and attributive to spleen and stomach channels.

Indication
Deprive dampness and expel cold, strengthen stomach and stop vomiting: For cold-dampness or deficiency-cold of spleen and stomach with fullness and distending pain in the abdomen, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite, usually used with Fructus Amomi, Rhizoma Alptriiae Officinarum, etc.

Pharmacological Action
1. Antiemetic.
2. Its decoction of lower than 1% concentration stimulates, while that higher than 1% inhibits the intestines of guinea-pigs in vitro.

Administration Decoction:
3-10g (decocted later).


   

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