Radix Ilicis Pubescentis


The root of flex pubescens Hook et Am., family Aquifollaceae.

Root woody, main root obviously different from the branching roots, unequal in length, 1-4 cm in diameter. Surface grey-brown. Prepared as pieces or segments, cross section showing thin cortex and developed xylem, yellow-white to grey-white, with visible annual rings and radial vascular bundles. Bitter in taste, cold in nature, and attributive to heart and lung channels.

1. Promote blood circulation to remove blood stasis; dredge the channels and collaterals: For blood stasis syndrome with angina pectoris, ischemic apoplexy, thromboantlitis obliterans, arteritis, central retinitis, uveitis, hypertension, hypercholesterinemia, etc.
2. Clear away heat and toxic materials: For skin infection, burn, wound infection, etc., both for oral and external use.
3. Eliminate phlegm, and relieve cough and asthma: For lung-heat syndrome with cough and asthma.

Pharmacological Action
1. Dilating the coronary artery and increasing coronary flow for rabbit's heart in vitro and dog's heart in vivo
2. Exerting slow and sustained hypotensive effect in anesthetized cats or dogs.
3. Antitussive and expectorant.
4. Its decoction inhibits the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and pneumococcus.

Administration Decoction: 30-60g, up to 60-150g as necessary.
Injection: Injectio Ilicis Pubescentis 2-4 ml IM 2-4 times daily;
Injectio Ilicin A 20 mg added in glucose solution IV in drips for ischemic apoplexy.
Tablet (containing 100mg of extract): 3-4 tablets tid.


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