Ramulus Wallichii seu Puberulii

 

Source
The stem and branch of Piper wallichii (Miq.) Hand.-Mazz. var. hupehense (C. DC.) Hand.-Mazz., or Piper puberulum (Benth.) Maxim., family Piperaceae.

Characteristics
The dried stem ovoid, greyish brown, with longitudinal striae and enlarged nodes. Cross section with vascular bundles arranged radially; xylem porous, with a greyish brown pith in the middle. leaves elliptical, with fragrant odour. Acrid in taste, warm in nature, and attributive to liver, spleen and heart channels.

Indication
Expel wind, dredge the meridians, activate the circulation of vital energy and blood, strengthen the tendons and bones, relieve pain: For arthralgia of wind-cold-dampness type, weakness and soreness of the waist and lower extremities, especially those with deficiency-cold syndrome, and also for trauma. Wallichii is also used for angina pectoris, cerebral thrombosis and embolism, and Puberulum for biliary colic and stomachache.

Pharmacological Action
1. Wallichll can increase myocardial trophic blood volume, improve the collateral circulation of ischemic myocardium, and increase the hypoxic tolerance of myocardium.
2. Puberulum exerts an analgesic effect, relieves acetylcholine-induced ileal spasm in guine~pigs, and dilates the cerebral blood vessels.

Administration Decoction:
3-9g.
Ampoule (2 ml containing 8g of crude drugs of Wallichii): 2 ml IM once or twice daily; or 4-8 ml added in 10% glucose solution 500 ml IV for drips.


   

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