Folium Artemisiae Argyi


Leaf of Artemisia argyi Levl. et Vant., family Compositae.

Leaf ovate-triangular, pinnately lobed; lobes ellipsoid or ellipsoid-lanceolate; margin irregularly serrate; ventral surface deep green with glandular punctates and arachnoid hairs, dorsal surface canescent. Bitter and acrid in taste, warm in nature, and attributive to spleen, liver and kidney channels.

1. Stop bleeding by warming meridian: For asthenia-cold syndrome manifested as hematemesis, hemoptysis and epistaxis. For bleeding due to blood-heat, fresh herb should be used together with Radix Rehmanniae, crude Cacumen Biotae and Folium Nelumbinis (Bolus of Four Fresh Drugs). It's Carbonized sample is used for bleeding.
2. Expel cold and alleviate pain: For menalgia and abdominal pain of asthenia-cold type.
3. Eliminate sputum, relieve cough and asthma: For cough and asthma. Its volatile oil is better for asthma.
4. Expel cold and relieve itching: For eczema and dermatitis. In addition, its injection has been used for chronic hepatitis and viral myocarditis.

Pharmacological Action
1. Antiasthmatic. Its volatile oil can relax bronchial spasm.
2. Inhibiting the growth of vanous pathogenic bacteria in vitro.
3. Inhibiting the growth of some dermatomyces.

Administration Decoction:
Generally 6-15g; 20-30g for chronic bronchitis.
Capsule (containing 100 mg of volatile oil): 2-3 capsules tid for bronchial asthma.
Ampoule (containing 2g of crude herb): 4-6 ml IM daily for chronic hepatitis and viral myocarditis.


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