Fructus Chaenomelis

 

Source
Fruit of Chaenomeles speciosa (Sweet) Nakai or C sinensis (Thouin) Koehne, family Rosaceae.

Characteristics
Fruit oblong, 4-8 cm long, 1-3 cm thick, purple-brown; outer surface deeply wrinkled or smooth; margin somewhat involuted; inner surface with a depressed thin coriaceous ovary wall. Seed numerous, flat-triangular or exfoliated. Prepared as slices. Sour in taste, warm in nature, and attributive to liver and spleen channels.

Indication
1. Expel wind-dampness, relax the tendons: For arthralgia of wind-dampness type manifested as feeling of heaviness and stiffness of extremities and muscular spasm. Also for beriberi.
2. Regulate the stomach and eliminate dampness: For vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and muscular spasm of summer-heat and dampness type, usually used together with Semen Coicis, Faces Bombycis, Fructus Evodiae, Rhizoma Coptidis, etc.; also for diarrhea of dampness origin.
3. Promote digestion: For indigestion.

Pharmacological Action
Its decoction inhibits the development of egg-white induced arthritis in mice.

Administration Decoction: 6-12g.


   

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