Radix Dipsaci


Root of Dipsacus asper Wall., family Dipsacaceae.

Root terete and slightly flat, 5-15 cm long, 0.5-2.0 cm in diameter; surface grey-brown, with twisted, longitudinal wrinkles and distinct lenticels. Prepared by crosscutting, section showing light brown at the outer margin of the cortex, dark-green at the interior and yellowbrown at the xylem; vascular bundles indistinct and radial in arrangement. Ditter, acrid and sweet in taste, slightly warm in nature, and attributive to liver and kidney channels.

1. Invigorate the liver and kidney, strengthen the bone and muscle, expel wind-dampness: For deficiency of the liver and kidney manifested as backache, knee aching and rheumatism, and trauma, used together with Radix Achyranthis Bidentatae and Cortex Eucommiae.
2. Regulate blood flow, stop vaginal bleeding and calm the fetus: For metrorrhagia and threatened abortion due to deficiency of the liver and kidney, usually used together with Radix Rehmanniae Praeparate and Folium Artemisiae Argyi

Pharmacological Action
1. Counteracting the deficiency of vitamin E.
2. Inhibiting the growth of Theumococcus.

Administration Decoction: 5-15g.


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