Semen Vaccariae


Seed of Vaccaria segetalis (Neck.) Garcke, family Caryophyllaceae.

Seed small globular, 1.5-2.0 mm in diameter. Surface black, slightly lustrous; numerous spots, a pale round-dotted hilum and a shallow groove seen under a magnifier. Bitter in taste, mild in nature, and attributive to liver and stomach channels.

1. Promote blood circulation and relieve carbuncle, and promote menstruation and lactogenesis: For blood-stasis syndrome with amenia or dysmenorrhea, dystocia and carbuncle, especially for acute mastitis and postpartum galactostasis.
2. Promote diuresis: For stranguria complicated by hematuria.

Pharmacological Action
Its decoction or alcoholic extract induce uterine contaction of rats in vitro.

Administration Decoction: 4-10g.

Contraindicated for pregnant women.


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