Herba Lobeliae Chinensis


The whole plant of Lobelia chtriensts Lour., family Campanulaceae.

A small herb with fibrous roots at the nodes. Leaves alternate, linear in shape. Flowers solitary, growing from the leaf axillae. Corolla reddish purple, with a cylindric base and an apex divided into 5 lobes which deviate to one side, like a half of a lotus flower. Acrid in taste, mild in nature, and attributive to heart, small intestine and lung channels.

1. Promote diuresis to relieve edema: For ascites and edema.
2. Clear away heat and toxic material: For snake-bite poisoning, skin infection and bee or scorpion injuries.

Pharmacological Action
1. Its decoction or its active component lobeline stimulates the chemical receptor in common carotid artery and exaggerates respiration.
2. Gastric infusion of its infusion (1g/kg) exerts a strong and prolonged diuretic effect in rats and LD50 is 75g/kg.
3. Single or combined preliminary feeding of succinic acid, fumaric acid and p-hydroxybenzoic acid to the mice is protective against cobra intoxication.

Administration Decoction: 9-15g.
External use: Crushed fresh herb mixed with salt for bee or scorpion injuries.


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