Caulis Akebiae

 

Source
The vine of clematis armcmdi Franch (Ranunculaceae), Akebia quinata (Thunb.) Decne. (Lardizaba&zceae) and Anstolochia manshuriensis Kom. (Anstolochiaceae).

Characteristics
A woody vine. Stem long cylindrical, epidermis yellowish brown, longitudinal ridges of vascular bundles seen when the epidermis is removed, with enlarged nodes. Prepared as round pieces, with a thin cortex and thick xylem, yellow-white in coldur, dividing into 6 or more chrysanthemum-like lobes; xylem ray thin; vessel pores arranged in concentric rings; pith small or hollowed. Bitter in taste, cold in nature, and attributive to heart, small intestine and urinary bladder channels.

Indication
1. Clear away heat, promote. diuresis and relieve stranguria: For edema, dysuria, strangufla of heat type or caused by urinary stone.
2. Clear away heart-fire: For heart-heat syndrome with aphthae, irritability, insomnia and oliguria with reddish urine, usually used together with Radix Reh,flanniae, Herba Lop hatheri, Radix Glycyrrhizae.
3. Promote menstruation and lactation: For galactostasis, and amenorrhea due to blood stasis.
4. Activate the joints: For arthralgia of dampness-heat type, immovability ofjoints.

Pharmacological Action
Containing potassium salts and exerting diuretic effect.

Administration Decoction: 3-10g.


   

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