The vine of clematis armcmdi Franch (Ranunculaceae), Akebia quinata (Thunb.)
Decne. (Lardizaba&zceae) and Anstolochia manshuriensis Kom. (Anstolochiaceae).
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.
1. Clear away heat, promote. diuresis and relieve stranguria: For edema,
dysuria, strangufla of heat type or caused by urinary stone.
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
Containing potassium salts and exerting diuretic effect.