Cortex Erythrinae


Bark of Erythrina variegata L. var. orientalis (L.) Merr., family Leguminosae.

Bark plate-lamellar, slightly involuted at both sides, 0.3-1.0 cm thick, light brown; surface with longitudinal cracks and scattered conical spines; base broad, apex acute and curved; inner surface flat, with fine reticular striae. Section lobed. Prepared by crosscutting into strips. Bitter in taste, mild in nature, and attributive to liver and kidney channels.

1. Expel wind-dampness, dredge the channels and relieve arthralgia: For arthralgia of wind-darnpness type accompanied with numbness and muscular spasm, especially for that located at the waist and lower extremities.
2. Kill parasites and alleviate itching: For scabies (extemal use as lotion or wet compress).

Administration Decoction: 3-12g.


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