The bulb of Allium maerostemon Bunge, family Liliaceae.
Bulb irregularly ovate, 0.5-1.5 cm high, 0.5-1.8 cm in diameter. Surface
to yellow-brown, semi-opaque, with membranous scaly remained; base round-obtuse;
top acute-obtuse. With a smell of garlic. Acrid and bitter in taste, warm
in nature, and attributive to lung, heart, stomach and large intestine
1. Activate vital energy circulation and alleviate pain, activate yang
and disperse lumps: For phlegm-syndrome of cold-dampness type with chest
pain, cough and dyspnea, usually used together with Fructus Aurantii Immaturus,
Fructus Trichosanthis, Rhizoma Pinelline, for stagnation of cold and vital
energy with distending pain in the abdomen.
Keep the adverse energy downward and relieve the stagnation of in-testines:
For dysentery with tenesmus, used together with Cortex Phellodendri and
Inhibiting the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and pneumococcus in vitro.