Rhizoma Smilacis Chinensis


Rhizome of Smilax china L., family Liliaceae.

Rhizome irregular, 5-15 cm long; cork grey-red-brown, with uneven surface and scars of fibrous roots. Section brown-red, showing much woody fibers and less farinaceous. Sweet and sour in taste, mild in nature, and attributive to liver and kidney channels.

1. Expel wind-dampness and alleviate pain: For arthralgia of wind-dampness type, lumbago and pain of the lower extremitieL Recently, the herb cooked with pig's leg is used for sciatica and rheumatic arthritis; also for stranguria with turbid urine, and leukorrhagia.
2. Clear away toxic material and relieve swelling: For skin infection, psoriasis and bum (external use as well); also for dysentery of dampness-heat type. In addition, treatment for tumour of digestive tract is on trial.

Pharmacological Action
Inhibiting the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Flexner's bacillus.

Administration Decoction: 10-30g


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