Rhizoma Bletillae


The tuber of Bletilla striata (Thunb.) Reichb. f., family Orchidaceae

Tuber irregularly oblate, with 2-3 branches, 1.5-5.0 cm long, 0.5-1.5 cm thick. Surface yellow-white, finely wrinkled, with protruding stem scars surrounded by several concentric annular nodes on which spotted fibrous root scars are present. Fractured surface somewhat white, cuticuloid, with scattered spotted vascular bundles. Bitter and astringent in taste, slightly cold in nature, and attributive to lung, liver and stomach channels.

1. Stop bleeding by astringing: Usually used for bleeding from the stomach, the lung and trauma.
2. Remove the necrotic tissues and promote granulation: For pulmonary tuberculosis, bronchiectasis, peptic ulcer, skin ulcer, anal fissure, skin chap of hands and feet, burn and fistula (external use as well).
3. Antiphlogistic: For pyogenic infection and ulcerous diseases of skin.

Pharmacological Action
1. Hemostatic.
2. Its alcoholic infusion is a bacteriostatic agent.

Administration Decoction: 6-15g.
Powder: 2-Sg bid or tid.
External use: For lesions of body surface.


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